SMART AGRIFOOD

eVine2Wine: Sharing vineyard data with the wine value chain

Background

Challenge & Context

With the existing information technology solutions, wine traceability can be implemented to a wider or high degree only in single-organisation wine producers that use one information system or a small number of tightly integrated information systems for all stages of production: from grape growing through winery processing, all the way through bottling and distribution, and finally to sales. Current practice shows that such systems are used only in cases where all of the production stages are under the control of one larger entity (winery), which uses appropriate (or correctly integrated) information systems in order to provide traceability information on the bottle. The latter set-up is rather gaining ground in larger wineries while we don’t see a lot of traceability information about the wine or the bottles from small producers or on wines produced from grapes that were purchased from smaller growers however being the ones producing a large share of wine in Europe.

Solution

eVine2Wine enables just that: data sharing in a trusted and controlled way by using Digital Twins of the vineyard areas, with iSHARE providing the identity and access control mechanisms. Throughout the wine value chain, stakeholders can thus access relevant, secure, and voluntarily shared data from the vineyard. These stakeholders can be wine consumers, cellar personnel, viticulture advisors, marketing companies, or any other stakeholder active in the wine value chain.

The eVine2Wine solution was developed and piloted in cooperation with four operative organisations from three European countries. One use case with the eVine2Wine solution shows how a vineyard manager of JoJo’s Vineyard at Chiltern Hills Farm (from the UK) gets enabled to share relevant data from the vineyard management software system (eVineyard by ELMIBIT from Slovenia) used with different stakeholders in the respective wine value chain. He shares one set of vineyard data with his viticulture advisor Vinescapes (UK) to advise him on agronomic matters. In contrast, a different set of vineyard data is shared with the award-winning winery Langham Wine (UK), to whom he supplies grapes, so that the winery can produce better quality wine based on vineyard specifics and seasonal weather data. To differentiate his sustainably produced wine on the market in the eyes of the end consumer (e.g., traders, individuals)he also shares a set of vineyard data with the marketing company Digital Stories (Germany), which helps him display traceability information to the end customers (e.g., traders, individuals).

How it works

eVineyard app

  • FIWARE KeyRock — an Identity Provider was set up as a component of eVineyard’s cloud services to enable eVineyard users to identify themselves as real eVineyard users and enable them to access other applications in the dataspace with their eVineyard identity;
  • FIWARE Context Broker — holds the Digital Twin of the vineyard block data, relevant microclimatic data, activities done on the vineyard block, and more, which can be shared with all the stakeholders in the wine value chain;
  • iSHARE framework — uses the iSHARE Satellite service to store the rules about who can access vineyard block data (Digital Twin) that is stored in FIWARE Context Broke;
  • eVine2Wine WordPress plugin — a small software application that enables vineyard owners to add vineyard block data to their WordPress website without coding to visually present data to the consumers and end consumers thus enabling access to traceability information of wine based on the concept “From Vine to Wine;”
  • eVine2Wine data sharing module — as part of the eVineyard app, this is an additional module for sharing and visualising vineyard data. It enables vineyard owners to share a selected set of vineyard data with selected stakeholders (winery, viticulture advisor, or marketing company) and allows stakeholders to see the shared data in an organised and visually appealing way.

The architecture of the solution is presented in the diagram below from both the technical and user-perspective.

Figure 1 . eVine2Wine solution diagram

Benefits & Impact

By developing the eVine2Wine product, eVineyard improved its vineyard management offer and enabled small grape producers, involved in the complex and fragmented value chain with demanding customers, to:

  • share relevant vineyard data across their value chain in a secure way;
  • facilitate the improvement of the wine quality by giving wineries and viticulture advisors a better insight into wine growing conditions;
  • provide traceability records to the rest of the value chain players with multiple goals, above all the increased ability to ensure food safety in an easy way;
  • build trust between wine value chain stakeholders;
  • lower costs by minimising the advisory visits and optimising the link between winegrowers and viticulture advisory;
  • help them enhance the sustainability of the business and increase their customer base.

With more emphasis on transparency and trust, the solution provided by eVineyard enables vineyard owners to share their vineyard data with stakeholders in their wine value chain in an easy and secure way.

All of the capabilities that were developed thanks to the support delivered by the i4Trust project are expected to have a positive impact on eVineyard software’s interoperability capabilities in return, indirectly resulting in new business potentials:

  • increase of eVineyard service subscription value through new functionality that were added (expected value increase contribution of ca. 5%);
  • development of a new offering, resulting from the collaboration of eVineyard and other experimens in the project, directly impacting the ability to generate a new subscription value (expected value increase contribution of ca. 15% for both partners together);
  • implementation of a new module in eVineyard allowing the company to better serve the winegrowing advisory market (expected value increase of around 10%).

Besides that, also partners with a less technical focus and involvement in the consortia have an interest in commercialising the solution, generally facilitating an even greater level of business increase in favour of the overall project consortia.

Added value through FIWARE

Within the i4Trust project, which combines FIWARE components and the iSHARE Trust Framework, the eVineyard team developed an innovative service for its customers’ value chain in the Smart AgriFood sector. Providing tools and support for the creation of Data Spaces enables a trustworthy and effective data sharing with emphasis on an Open and Standard way, and creates additionally the following values:

  • Standardisation of data models for vineyard-related data that are being shared by eVineyard with the rest of the value chain through NGSI-LD interfaces using FIWARE Context Broker to make standard data exchange possible.
    Usage of these common data models to not only help share data in a more standard way but to also welcome more vendors, both competitive and complementary to the Data Spaces that customers create. This improves proper data sharing, as well as enables easier collaboration between multiple parties in a common Data Space and based on trust and data sovereignty.
  • Usage of FIWARE Context Broker component in combination with iSHARE Data Space enabling technologies as a standardised approach: allowing eVineyard customers to easily define which data they want to share with which organisations and/or individuals (companies, employees).
  • Definition of the vineyard block’s Digital Twin and usage of standardised iSHARE and FIWARE components, protocols, and procedures: allowing for scalable Data Spaces and a higher number of Data Spaces around vineyard data to be deployed; directly increasing the number of ecosystems in which eVineyard and its technical partners have the ability to participate and offer their services.

References

  • Eurostat. Vineyards in the EU — Statistics. 2022.
  • GS1. 2008. Wine Supply Chain Traceability, GS1 Application Guideline.
  • Pomarici, E., Sardone, R. EU wine policy in the framework of the CAP: post-2020 challenges. Agric Econ 8, 17 (2020).
  • Cafaggi F., Iamicelli P., Inter-firm Networks in the European Wine Industry, European University Institute — Department of Law, 2019.
  • Stranieri S., Cavaliere A., Banterle A., The determinants of voluntary traceability standards. The case of the wine sector, in Wine Economics and Policy — Elsevier, 2018.

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