The vines in Grover Zampa’s plantation stretch almost as far as the eye can see, bearing grapes destined for wine bottles. Curiously, the 45-acre (18.2 hectares) vineyard, located a few kilometres outside Bengaluru, is conspicuously short on labourers. This is especially striking given grapevines require regular manual inspections to check for fungal infections such as Botrytis Cinerea, a viticulturist’s worst nightmare.
But Grover Zampa isn’t leaving anything to chance. Intertwined with its precious vines is an army of small sensors, with cables snaking their way into the ground and crawling along the vineyard’s many irrigation lines.