Tyrrell's deploys vineyard management system

Hunter Valley wine producer Tyrrell's has retained the traditional art of winemaking, even while its information technology infrastructure has made a leap forward into the future.

After years of using a combination of software and manual record-keeping, Tyrrell's is due to go live before Christmas with Australian software provider Clear Objective's enterprise management technology solution, Clear Enterprise.

Gay Saines, Tyrrells' chief financial and information officer, said that the company had previously used ComOps BMS for all its financial and inventory management, with a separate payroll and asset management software, and the rest was done manually. "We used a lot of Excel spreadsheets."

"After 15 years of using ComOps we decided the functionality was not suitable and we needed a fully integrated system. Prior experience with modular software told me that it could end up costing a lot more than first anticipated," Saines said.

"Clear Enterprise will enable us to track the grape from the bud burst to the bottle, taking into account what has happened in the vineyard, the various fertiliser and spray programs that have occurred, what the winemakers did to the grape once it was picked, the various blending operations that have occurred since then, through to ensuring that we satisfy all the label integrity requirements for the finished product."

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