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Based on NASA technology, using aerial-based sensors, ultra-high resolution imagery and advanced scientific algorithms, VineView is transforming the way vineyard operators monitor grapevine health. By offering specialized data solutions tuned for the complexities of vineyards, VineView enables growers to improve grape quality, protect against disease, and optimize vineyard productivity.


  • Over 15 years of unparalleled experience in remote sensing for vineyards, including unmatched UP and expertise around disease detection.

  • Offer most advanced, calibrated, and accurate measurement of vine vigour available.

  • First data analytics provider capable of offering vineyard specific disease detection capabilities from a drone platform.

Key Products:

Calibrated Vine Vigour Data Products

Using ultra-high resolution imagery, advanced calibration techniques, and the Enhanced Vegetation Index, VineView offers the world’s most advanced measurement of grapevine health. With VineView’s suite of Calibrated VIne Vigour data products, growers can achieve vine balance, drive vineyard uniformity, and monitor the impact of water, fertilizer, and canopy management decisions with ease and efficiency.

Disease Detection Technology

Grapevine disease can cause catastrophic damage to a vineyard. Using technology based on NASA remote sensing techniques, VineView can detect harmful grapevine diseases like Grapevine Leafroll and Grapevine Yellows (Flavescence Doree), helping growers protect against disease, target resources, and recover lost profits.

Enhanced vegetaion index (EVI).  Our new EVI index (vigor map) is similar to NDVI but has many advantages including improved consistency over time.

Calibrated EVI

RedleafMap- leafroll virus mapping in red varietals.  2013 maps available for much of Napa County.  Please contact us!

Change Analysis -tracks changes from one year to next

Infrared Images

Color Aerial Photography

3D Terrain Analysis - for new vineyard planning

Tablet-compatible geoPDFs

Calibrated Enhanced Vegetation Index (EVI)
Calibrated Enhanced Vegetation Index (EVI)
EVI is a measure of vine vigor and is calculated using the near infrared, red, and blue bands of light. The addition of the blue band helps better correct for the background signal of the soil as well as for atmospheric influences and vigor values in shaded areas. Our calibrated EVI product is based on thorough camera and atmospheric data calibrations, and provides a consistent measurement of vine vigor across soil boundaries
Change Analysis
Change Analysis
VineView provides change analysis maps that allow growers to quantify vigor change from one year to the next.
Infrared Imagery
Infrared Imagery
Although vegetation such as vines or trees appear green, they reflect most of the sun\'s energy in the infrared part of the spectrum. VineView uses cameras with special filters that allow us to collect data in specific infrared wavelengths. Since plants reflect so highly in the infrared, infrared imagery is important for analyzing variations in vigor, and is essential for vigor classification.
Visible color photography
Visible color photography
Oblique visible color photography of 2013 STOMP event
RedleafMap image showing leafroll infected vines in red.
Aerial Photos
Aerial Photos
Winery marketing photos are great for your tasting room and printed materials
Leafroll spread
Leafroll spread
VineView\'s fleet gets new home
VineView\'s fleet gets new home
EVI - The New Vigor Map
EVI - The New Vigor Map
Vigor mapping is nothing new to the wine industry. NDVI imaging has been used by vineyard owners and managers for nearly forty years. Did you know, however, that there are many errors associated with NDVI imaging? That\'s why scientists at VineView use the EVI, or Enhanced Vegetation Index, for vi

News Archive

VineView Data on Your Vineyard is Available for Download. Seriously.
20 September, 2019


Thanks to our blanket coverage flights in 2019, vine-by-vine data is now
available – immediately – for most vineyards in the following wine regions:


Edna Valley
Napa Valley
Paso Robles
Santa Barbara County
Sonoma County 


Now in Edna Valley, Monterey, Paso Robles and Santa Barbara
For years, VineView has flown most of Napa Valley and Sonoma County twice annually – once during bloom, and again during veraison – capturing calibrated EVI data on each vineyard and vine. It is now providing the same blanket coverage for vineyards in Edna Valley, Monterey, Paso Robles and Santa Barbara.
What This Means For You
It’s not too late to benchmark your vineyards in 2019. If you operate in these regions, you can have immediate access to PureVine™ data for your vineyard, making it easier than ever to see first-hand how VineView's technology can help you save time and money. Next year, VineView will include Lodi in its two-flight blanket coverage, as well.
How PureVine™ Will Save You Time and Money
VineView’s proprietary imaging system captures data on each vine and canopy, arming vineyard managers with true vine-by-vine diagnostics. PureVine™ can identify undetected vines and canopy gaps, show stress and detect disease. The diagnostics can divide your blocks into precise vigor zones, and help develop more accurate crop yield estimates.
More Than Just Maps
Via the VineView App, high-value PureVine™ maps can be converted into data – including vine counts, acreage and vigor zone levels – with a single click.

To Access Your Data Please Contact:
Leah Heil

Precise Leafroll Detection Saves Money
26 August, 2019

Leafroll doesn't have to be fatal to your vineyard. The sooner you know precisely which vines are affected, the sooner you can take action to eradicate it – and protect your healthy blocks. 

VineView’s hyperspectral cameras and proprietary algorithm-driven processing detects leafroll’s unique spectral signature in red varieties. It can identify infected vines – including those that have yet to show visible signs of the disease – and allow you to pinpoint the source.
VineView can take the mystery out of your leafroll worries, help you plan effectively and ultimately save you time and money.

Protect your Vineyards with Leafroll Detection:

One Year After Merger, VineView Continues Expanding Its Reach
28 June, 2019

Since merging with SkySquirrel Technologies, VineView has lowered the costs of its services, launched new technologies – including the VineView app – and bolstered its core team. 


June 26, 2019 (Napa, Calif.) VineView, the world’s leading provider of vineyard remote sensing technology for crop diagnostics, continues to strategically expand its reach and launch new precision farming tools since its merger with Canadian tech company SkySquirrel Technologies, Inc.

In addition to releasing the industry’s most accurate crop data tool, PureVine™, in the last year it has also launched the VineView App, created beta programs for disease detection, and grown its team of experts. Additionally, it has significantly expanded its customer base of growers throughout France, California, Australia and New Zealand.

“It’s officially been a year since the merger, and I’m pleased to report the integration has not only been seamless, it is exceeding our expectations for fueling our strategic expansion and new technology development,” says CEO Richard van der Put. “This one-year milestone represents an ideal time to share where VineView is, and where we’re heading.”

Here is a rundown of some of VineView’s key developments since its merger.

Launched PureVine™ – Providing the Most Accurate Crop Data Available

VineView’s proprietary imaging system captures data on each vine and canopy. Coupled with its proprietary algorithm-driven processing and data analysis, VineView arms vineyard managers with vine-by-vine diagnostics. PureVine™ can identify undetected vines and canopy gaps, and the diagnostics can divide blocks into precise vigor zones, allowing tracking throughout the season, and year to year. PureVine™ is also a powerful tool for crop yield estimates.


Reduced Costs to Growers

Founded in 2002, VineView’s has long provided the industry’s most advanced crop diagnostics available. The merger has provided the scale necessary to reduce VineView’s costs, allowing more growers to use our proprietary technology.


Launched the VineView App

Thanks to the merger, VineView launched its new app ahead of schedule and will soon release the mobile version, placing its proprietary technology in the pockets of growers to access crop analysis and make actionable decisions virtually anywhere. What’s unique about the app is its ability to convert VineView’s enhanced images and maps into hard data – from vine counts and acreage to vigor zone levels – with a single click.

On the Horizon

Since its inception, VineView has always focused on developing new precision farming technologies to help growers meet their business goals, drive sustainability, save time, maximize profits and improve quality. The merger has allowed for the funding and manpower to bring these tools to market sooner. Currently, VineView is developing diagnostics and running beta trials on several fronts, including leaf roll and red blotch detection, and precise water-stress tools.


New Team Members 

Shaun Johansen, Chief Technical Officer

Previously, the Co-Founder and Chief Technology Officer of Velo Industries (formerly Eyeball Inc.), Johansen has worked with a number of technology companies on multiple continents creating and optimizing software, from low-level computer graphics and server solutions to web architectures and operating systems. Johansen graduated in programming from the Centre for Geographic Sciences in 1998.

Brook Murphy, PhD, Viticulture Client Liaison

With 25 years of experience in studying and working with vineyards, Murphy leads the VineView viticulture team, and works with growers in assessing data, and provides solution-focused feedback to help vineyard uniformity, lower labor costs and improve quality.

Kim Sonnichsen, VP of Sales

Sonnichsen has spent her career helping customers harness the power of raw data to boost their bottom lines. Before joining VineView, she built and led client relations teams in London, Australia, South Africa and New Zealand for Euromonitor International.

Leah Heil, California Client Manager

A West Point grad and former Army Captain, Heil has extensive experience as a senior geospatial analyst at both Radiant Solutions and MDA Information Systems. Heil is adept at working with customers to tailor VineView’s technology to meet their business goals.

New Advisory Board Members Kelly Bobbitt
Regional Manger for Vineyard Development (GIS), Mike Bobbitt & Associates, California


Mario Nascimento, PhD
Chair, Department of Computing Science, University of Alberta


Jonathan Rodwell

Former Director of Viticulture and Winemaking, Devonian Coast Wineries, Nova Scotia



About VineView

Named one of Canada’s most innovative tech companiesby the Canadian Innovation Exchange, VineView is an international award-winning provider of crop health diagnostics for vineyards. We arm growers with the industry’s most accurate crop intelligence available, allowing them to make evidence-based manage­ment decisions to drive sustainability, optimize labor, lower costs, maximize yields and improve quality. For more information, please visit,


Media Contact

Mike Dawson | Solterra Strategies |


VineView Introduces New Chief Technology Officer
04 June, 2019

Shaun Johansen, brings a resume of success, vibrant energy and new ideas to the team 

June 3, 2019 (Napa, Calif.) VineView, the leading provider of vineyard remote sensing technology, is pleased to announce new Chief Technical Officer, Shaun Johansen.

Previously the Co-Founder and Chief Technology Officer with Velo Industries (formerly Eyeball Inc.), Johansen graduated in programming from the Centre for Geographic Sciences in 1998. He has worked with a number of technology companies on multiple continents creating and optimizing software, from low-level computer graphics and server solutions to web architectures and operating systems.

The past two decades of Johansen’s career have included roles such as Senior Software Architect at Blackberry, Senior Software Architect with Viigo, Software Developer and J2ME Team Lead with Picsel Technologies, Software Designer with Razorstorm Software, and Software Developer with Plazmic Ltd and Novafex Software.

Johansen has also been instrumental in bringing two previous tech start-ups, where he acted as tech lead and invented or built the sought-after technology, to successful exits.

“Shaun brings vibrant energy and fresh ideas to the team,” says VineView CEO, Richard van der Put. “We are excited about the growth and progress we will be able to make together.”

Launched in 2002, VineView’s technology produces the most advanced vineyard imagery available. Coupled with its proprietary algorithm-driven processing and data analysis, VineView arms vineyard managers with the industry’s most accurate crop intelligence, allowing agriculturists to make evidence-based manage­ment decisions to drive sustainability, optimize labor, lower costs, maximize yields and improve quality.

As a result of its recent merger with Canadian tech company SkySquirrel Technologies Inc., VineView has grown its operations, and provided the scale necessary to lower the costs of its innovative vine-by-vine remote sensing technology, called PureVine™, which greatly surpasses – in detail and data insights – the outdated crop imaging technology called NDVI.

About VineView

VineView is an international award-winning provider of crop health diagnostics for vineyards. We arm growers with the industry’s most accurate crop intelligence available, allowing them to make evidence-based manage­ment decisions to drive sustainability, optimize labor, lower costs, maximize yields and improve quality. For more information, please visit,

Providing Vineyard Managers Data to Make Decisions
21 May, 2019

Vine-by-Vine Diagnostics

VineView’s proprietary imaging technology and algorithm-driven data analysis allows us to provide customers with true vine-by-vine diagnostics based off our flights. Called PureVine™, it can help you identify missing vines, chart vigor and water stress for each vine, and even detect disease.

Viticulturist Brook Murphy Joins VineView 

Dr. Brook Murphy, Ph.D. has more than 25 years of experience in academic, regulatory and commercial agricultural pest management. Brook leads our boots-on-the-ground team, working with winegrape growers to help them make more informed decisions via VineView’s detailed diagnostics.

The VineView App

The App’s statistics and graph functions help you make smart vineyard management decisions and reduce your labor costs.

The App helps you: 

  • Quickly assesses and quantify the uniformity of the vineyard
  • Filter the data allowing you to focus on problem areas
  • Track changes over time from data gathered during our biweekly flights 
  • Optimize crop loads and manage yields on a block or vigor-zone basis
  • Monitor canopy management using vigor zone maps, statistics and graphs, which allows you to make irrigation and nutrient management decisions

We will soon be releasing the App’s mobile version, placing VineView’s proprietary technology in your pocket, allowing you to access data and make actionable decisions virtually anywhere. 

VineView’s CEO to Speak at Silicon Valley Ag Tech Conference on May 13  
Richard van der Put will address farm data as a business and how VineView delivers the most advanced crop intelligence available.  

May 13, 2019 (Napa, Calif.)VineView, the leading provider of vineyard remote sensing technology, is pleased to announce its CEO, Richard van der Put, will be a speaker at this year’s Silicon Valley Ag Tech Conference.


Held in Santa Clarita, Calif., the conference is the world’s foremost symposium for the ever-advancing ag tech industry and is expected to draw more than 500 attendees. VineView’s van der Put will participate in the conference’s marquee seminar titled, Farm Data as a Business: Collection, Management, and Analytics. The panel discussion will focus on how companies like VineView are monetizing farm data and the challenges of collecting and using agriculture data.

“I am honored to be a part of this year’s conference,” van der Put says. “I’m excited to share VineView’s science-based approach and my vision of our exciting future with such a prestigious gathering of forward-thinking growers, investors and tech scientists.”


After earning his MS in Biomedical Engineering from Eindhoven University of Technology, van der Put spent 15 years developing image analysis algorithms for numerous applications ranging from robotics to cancer treatments. A leading expert in imaging physics and algorithm development, he has led product development teams in both academic and start-up settings.


Launched in 2004, VineView’s technology produces the most advanced vineyard imagery available. Coupled with its proprietary algorithm-driven processing and data analysis, VineView arms vineyard managers with the industry’s most accurate crop intelligence, allowing agriculturists to make evidence-based manage­ment decisions to drive sustainability, optimize labor, lower costs, maximize yields and improve quality.


VineView is currently working with vineyards across Bordeaux and California, including the AVAs (American Viticultural Areas) of Lodi, Monterey, Napa Valley, Paso Robles, Santa Barbara and Sonoma.  


VineView recently launched its new app and will soon release the mobile version, placing its proprietary technology in the pockets of grape growers, allowing them to access crop analysis and make actionable decisions virtually anywhere via their devices.


As a result of its recent merger with Canadian tech company SkySquirrel Technologies Inc., VineView has grown its operations, and provided the scale necessary to lower the costs of its innovative remote sensing technology, called Calibrated EVI, which greatly surpasses – in detail and data insights – the outdated crop imaging technology called NDVI.

VineView Partners with Public Relations Firm Solterra Strategies
08 May, 2019

The Paso Robles-based agency will lead the tech company’s United States public relations and marketing campaigns.


May 8, 2019 (Napa, Calif.) VineView, the leading provider of vineyard remote sensing technology, has hired Solterra Strategies, a marketing, public relations and brand strategy firm focused on the wine industry to lead its public relations and marketing campaigns in the United States.

“We are currently expanding our services, growing our reach and adding even more viticulture expertise to our team,” says VineView CEO, Richard van der Put. “Solterra’s wine industry focus and experience will help us tell our story as we expand our reach and raise awareness for this new and exciting phase.”

VineView’s NASA-based aerial technology provides the world’s most advanced vineyard imagery available. Coupled with its proprietary processing and data analysis, VineView arms vineyard managers with the industry’s most accurate crop intelligence, allowing them to make evidence-based manage­ment decisions to drive sustainability, optimize labor, lower costs, maximize yields and improve quality.

VineView is currently working with vineyards across Bordeaux and California, including the AVAs (American Viticultural Areas) of Lodi, Monterey, Napa Valley, Paso Robles, Santa Barbara and Sonoma.

VineView recently launched its new app and will soon release the mobile version, placing its proprietary technology in the pockets of grape growers, allowing them to access crop analysis and make actionable decisions virtually anywhere via their devices.

As a result of its recent merger with Canadian tech company SkySquirrel Technologies Inc., VineView has grown its operations, and provided the scale necessary to lower the costs of its innovative remote sensing technology, called Calibrated EVI, which greatly surpasses – in detail and data insights – the outdated crop imaging technology called NDVI.

“VineView is working on the forefront of ag tech, and its goal is to drive sustainability for vineyards using new technologies,” says Stacie Jacob, Chief Strategist of Solterra Strategies. “We are ready to help them do that by educating grape growers, expanding into new markets, such as Oregon and Washington, and shining a spotlight on regions that are already netting the benefits of VineView’s menu of services.”


About VineView
VineView is an international award-winning provider of crop health diagnostics for vineyards. We arm growers with the industry’s most accurate crop intelligence available, allowing them to make evidence-based manage­ment decisions to drive sustainability, optimize labor, lower costs, maximize yields and improve quality. For more information, please visit,


About Solterra Strategies
Solterra Strategies is a boutique agency specializing in public relations, brand strategy, strategic planning and marketing solutions. Our passion, and the focus of our practice, is the wine industry. Learn more at

VineView Sponsors Largest Wine & Grape Conference in the Nation: Unified Wine & Grape Symposium
21 January, 2019

VineView is proud to be a Bronze Sponsor at the 2019 Unified Wine & Grape Symposium! We are delighted to support industry professionals in their continued growth and are looking forward to discovering new ways to assist our clients! 

Even though VineView does not have a booth at Unified this year, a few members of our sales team will be attending the conference and visiting our clients at their booths. If you see one of our teammates along the way - be sure to say hi! 

Company Wide Conference Sets VineView Up For Success & Growth in 2019
19 December, 2018

VineView staff gathered from our offices in California, France and Halifax offices for a company-wide conference at White Point Beach Resort in Nova Scotia during the first week of December. Our team spent the week planning and defining the strategic objectives which will guide VineView in providing our current and prospective clients with the highest quality vine metric products and services. We are very excited to spend 2019 strengthening our current relationships with partners and clients and are off to a great start in building new relationships in the markets!


VineView Wins Wine, Beer + Spirits Industry Awards of 2018
10 December, 2018

We are so thrilled to announce that VineView won the Vineyard Technology award at North Bay Business Journal's Wine, Beer + Spirits Industry Awards on December 4, 2018! One of our pilots, Gabriel, was there to accept the award on our behalf while our staff was on a company-wide conference in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Thank you so much to North Bay Business Journal for this recognition! 

Check out the article written about it from the North Bay Business Journal:

The Napa County-based VineView uses planes and drones to scan vineyards for metrics that allow for smarter decisions to maximize ROI and wine grape quality. It wins one of North Bay Business Journal's Wine, Beer + Spirits Industry Awards.

Describe your company: VineView has been providing scientifically calibrated aerial imagery to the wine grape industry since 2002.

What major accomplishments of the last year would your company like to highlight?

We are proud to have released out new Vine Metrics product which analyses vigor at the vine and block level.

What is something most people would be surprised to learn?

Most of our flights are conducted by manned aircraft, not drones. Manned aircraft are actually less expensive to operate than a drone service business model, due to the efficiency of flying over 60,000 acres per day, versus a few hundred.

How have the requirements of your customers changed in the last five years and what has your company done to meet those requirements?

Clients access our data more frequently and use it on mobile devices to make real-time decisions. Our online portal and new app allow clients to view their data and see their location in the field to assist with scouting. Quantitative data in the form of vine metrics allows for smarter decisions to maximize ROI and grape quality.

What new capabilities or services are available to North Coast companies with the SkySquirrel Technologies-VineView merger?

The newly merged VineView will be able to accelerate R&D for cutting-edge products including disease and stress mapping capabilities.



VineView Attends Vinitech-Sifel Trade Show in Bordeaux, France
09 November, 2018

NOVEMBER 20 - 22, 2018 

The VineView team will be in Bordeaux, France at the Vinitech-Sifel show! If you're planning on attending the show, stop by our booth at Hall 1 - Way A - Bay 16 - Stall 1607 to learn how our science and technology can positively impact your farming experience! We will have live images and a chance to try out our new app. Learn more about some of our products from our talented team which include; Vigor Mapping, Disease Mapping, Canopy Water Content, as well as our new Vine Metrics and Zone Maps.

For more information on the show please click here.

How Our Science & Technology Can Have Positive Impacts on Your Farming
26 October, 2018

Come by our booth 107 to experience our live images and new app. Learn how our science and technology can have positive impacts on your farming. Products include Vigor Mapping, Disease Mapping, Canopy Water Content, and our new Vine Metrics and Zone Maps. 

Register here.

PureVine: A Digital Representation of Your Vines
20 September, 2018

This year VineView released an exciting new product called PureVine, that collects and represents data on a vine-by-vine basis. Not only does this provide the opportunity to look at individual vine performance, it also allows a statistical representation of a block expressed in number of vines. In addition, it gives growers information about non-productive vines by analyzing gaps in the canopy.


PureVine was designed with actionability in mind – we want our data products to help growers make better management decisions.PureVine takes advantage of the ultra high-resolution images we collect and applies this information to individual vines. Before final analysis, all soil and cover crop data are removed to ensure we are only measuring the canopy. This data is then used to calculate quantifiable statistics at the row, zone, and block level.


When generating PureVine, the information growers provide about vine spacing is used to ensure that plant counts are as close to true as possible. Each virtual vine is placed along the row at the exact spacing value that was provided, which allows vine counts to within 5% error of in-field counts. A remaining challenge with aerial imagery of vineyards is that we cannot actually see the vines themselves (depending on the trellis system), but rather the canopy a continuous row. VineView is actively engaged in several research projects to develop new technology that further reduces the error.




By filtering out cover crop and soil from the images, we are able to use PureVine to calculate canopy area for each virtual vine. By comparing the canopy area to that of a ‘small’ vine, we are able to highlight gaps within the rows. We refer to these as undetected vines– although small or young vines could be there, the system does not detect it due to the lack of available canopy.




Within the next few months we will release new ways to present our disease and water content products in the PureVine format.  PureVine can help quantify the prevalence and reveal the locations of specific grapevine diseases in vineyard blocks. Using PureVine with our water content data can enable more accurate usage of precision irrigation systems.


The information provided by PureVine is accessible on VineView’s desktop and mobile applications, in our generated map reports, or can be imported into any spreadsheet or GIS software for further analysis.




For more information, visit us here.

How to Scout for Grapevine Leafroll Disease More Accurately and Efficiently Than Ever
05 September, 2018

In a previous post we discussed how Grapevine Leafroll disease affects grapevines but to quickly recap, Grapevine Leafroll Disease is one of the most common and persistent grapevine diseases; it can have devastating impacts on a vineyard, delaying fruit maturity and dramatically reducing fruit quality, pigmentation, vine vigor, and yield. With no cure for Leafroll, infected vines must be removed and replanted to prevent the spread of disease.

Quick Facts:
  • Leafroll affects up to 50 per cent of vineyards globally.

  • It spreads at a rate of 10 per cent each year, and then exponentially after 10-15 per cent of the vineyard is infected.

  • Vineyards infected with Leafroll are losing up to $40,000 of profits per hectare and cutting their average 30-year lifespan in half.

  • Roguing and replanting can cost a vineyard up to $200,000 USD per hectare, with little yield for almost three years.

  • VineView's Leafroll mapping technology is academically verified.

VineView’s Solution

Using spectral analysis, scientists at VineView can identify and isolate vines infected with disease and distinguish them from healthy vines in red varietals. In a study with University of California at Davis, the technique was shown to have success rates greater than 94 per cent, and to be 200 times more efficient than current methods, for about the same cost as replacing just a few vines.


Using VineView's disease detection technology grape growers can:

  • Recover lost profits: Grapevines infected with disease produce lower quality wines and can cost a vineyard thousands of dollars in lost profits.

  • Take action: Prevent the spread of disease with early identification of symptomatic vines, geo-referenced for targeted follow up, testing, and removal.

  • Increase efficiency: VineView's disease detection methodology is more accurate and more reliable than highly trained experts scouting on the ground.

How it Works

We determine specific wavelengths of light which are sensitive to a plant's biological response to disease and capture these wavelengths using highly specialized multi and hyperspectral cameras. Our proprietary algorithms allow us to filter out unwanted targets like healthy vegetation and to amplify the signal of desired targets, like Grapevine Leafroll Disease. These targets are based on specific spectral information. Using this technique and our ultra-high-resolution imagery, we are able to detect disease at the individual plant level.

Technology in Action: How a Californian vineyard uses VineView’s Disease Detection technology to spot detect and quantify disease

A grape grower in California was aware Leafroll was present in their parcels and took action to analyze and manage infection rates.


Before turning to VineView’s aerial-based solution, they used ground-based scouting for every row of the field to identify infected plants and to estimate the total infection rate per parcel.


This method suffered from high reporting error rate, labour intensity, and inaccurate estimates.


VineView’s hyperspectral approach provided accurate estimates of total infection rate and valuable detection maps showing the exact locations where the disease had spread.


This information not only saved the grower time and proved to be important for planning control measures and monitoring the status of their parcels over time.



EVI vs NDVI: What’s the difference?
24 July, 2018

The wine industry has been using aerial imaging to measure vine vigor for decades. It is becoming more and more common for vineyard managers to use vigor maps to support their decision making in the field. These maps most often use the Normalized Difference Vegetation Index (NDVI) to measure vine vigor. NDVI has been the standard in the wine industry since the Mondavi Project in 1992.

NDVI is a calculation between the near-infrared light reflected by vegetation and the visible light. Healthy, more vigorous vines absorb more visible light and reflect more near-infrared light. Less vigorous or sparse vines reflecting both more visible and near-infrared light.

What many do not know, is that NDVI was not designed to measure plant vigor. It was designed to simply detect living vegetation and distinguish it from other matter like rocks, soil, or dead vegetation. With that in mind, it isn’t hard to understand why as an index for measuring vine vigor, NDVI is loaded with potential errors and inaccuracies.

Inherent shortcomings of NDVI

One of the most important shortcomings of NDVI is its dependency on the time of day at which the aerial images are taken. Since NDVI does not correct for changes in solar incidence angle (the angle at which the sun shines on the leaves) NDVI produces vastly different results throughout the day. Even though the vigor and health of the vines has obviously not changed in just a couple of hours. NDVI produces inaccurate data due to varying factors including shadowing, air moisture, and variations in the soil.

NDVI Vineyard ImageryAs you can see in the images above, NDVI produces vastly different results when taken at different times on the same day. Clearly the vigor of the vines has not changed over a 3-hour period, as would be implied from the images above.

Using advanced algorithms and additional wavelengths of light, VineView is able to eliminate these errors, and correct for the inaccuracies of NDVI with the Enhanced Vegetation Index (EVI).

EVI: Enhanced Vegetation Index

The Enhanced Vegetation Index (EVI) is calculated similarly to NDVI but uses additional wavelengths of light to correct for the inaccuracies of NDVI. Variations in solar incidence angle, atmospheric conditions like distortions in the reflected light caused by the particles in the air, and signals from the ground cover below the vegetation are corrected for using EVI.

EVI Vineyard Aerial ImagerySee how the EVI results stay consistent over a 3-hour period. Using additional spectral information and calculations, EVI corrects for the difference in atmospheric conditions and solar incidence angle, providing you with more accurate, actionable data.

VineView also uses both multi and hyperspectral data which allows us to spectrally isolate the grapevine from the surrounding soil and cover crop, so you get just the vine canopy information, and none of the “noise”.

Another benefit of EVI is that is allows grape growers to accurately compare data and track changes in vine vigor over time. Using our vigor products scaled to an absolute standard makes these comparisons quick and easy!

When the data is accurate, aerial imaging is an important tool that can dramatically improve your vineyard operations. If you are currently using NDVI imaging to analyze vine vigor in your field and want to learn more about VineView’s Vine Vigor Products using the Enhanced Vegetation Index (EVI), we would be love to hear from you!

Let’s start working together, call us at 902-442-0742 or email us at today!

5 Ways to Improve Wine Quality with VineView’s Aerial Vigor Maps
29 June, 2018

Have a conversation with any of the world’s leading winemakers and one thing will quickly become apparent – good wines start on the vine. Vineyard managers know the value of having boots on the ground, constantly scanning for problems throughout the vineyard and ensuring optimal growing conditions for the vines. A high level of attention to detail in the vineyard is one of the best predictors of a high-quality wine.

Premium wine growers in California have trusted VineView’s aerial vigor maps to improve the growing conditions in their fields for almost two decades. The information presented by these maps through the Enhanced Vegetation Index (EVI), a significantly more accurate tool than the traditional NDVI, is invaluable in determining the overall health of a given plant. Growers often speak to the inherent value of the information they receive from our vigor maps, and we love learning about what to do with the information and how they adapt their management strategies based on our tool. Here are five practical ways to use vine vigor information in your vineyard this year:

1. Drive vineyard uniformity at the block level

Achieving uniform vigor within a block is perhaps the most well-known use of aerial vigor mapping. Vigor maps work by detecting the amount of chlorophyll in the canopy available for photosynthesis. The higher the level of chlorophyll, the more “vigorous” the vine. Therefore, vigor maps can be used to determine areas of high or low vigor which could require your attention.

Vines with different vigor levels tend to produce grapes with different qualities. For example, high-vigor vines tend to contribute a more vegetative flavor to the wines they produce. Additionally, fruit ripening times can vary significantly among vines of different vigor levels. The Calibrated EVI Zone Maps are an effective and efficient visual tool to ensure crop uniformity and vigor homogenization of the vines. Growers drive uniformity, increasing or decreasing the vigor of the vines through a variety of vineyard management techniques like modifying irrigation and adapting their fertilization techniques.


2. Improve harvest planning
Grape quality can be directly correlated to the vigor of the parent vine. Using our suite of vine vigour products, growers can locate areas in their parcels to increase and improve the production of premium wine and optimize harvest scheduling. An efficient harvest plan not only saves on labour costs, but higher quality grapes can lead to increased profit both when selling to other wineries, or simply by selling the resulting premium wine for a higher cost.


3. Get samples that reflect actual field conditions
Random sampling is often considered the best way to collect samples within a population, but as you may know, random sampling has its limitations, namely that the sampling must be conducted on a homogeneous population. Unless a field has uniform, homogenous vigor, it is difficult to get samples that accurately reflect field conditions.

Areas of varying vigour become evident using our vigor maps, which are extremely accurate given that we account for factors like atmospheric conditions, solar angle and soil variations, so you can be sure you are collecting samples from homogenous areas. This information also becomes important for other vineyard management tools like the placement of soil moisture probes and evapotranspiration sensors.  Used in conjunction with our vigor maps, you can have confidence that the results from sampling, and data from these sensors are accurate and reflect actual field conditions.


4. Detect issues before they spread

Vigor mapping is a great tool for identifying areas of concern in a vineyard. For example, an area of extremely high vigor might indicate a water leak that needs attention, whereas an area showing very low vigor might be the result of nutrient deficiency or grapevine disease.

Interestingly, however, there are several common vine diseases which can be associated with high vigor levels as well.  Powdery mildew, for example, tends to be associated with areas of high vigor.  Similarly, mealybugs like to feed on the most vigorous vines, so they tend be the most susceptible to Grapevine Leafroll Disease.

VineView’s suite of scientifically calibrated vigor maps allow you to identify these areas of concern so you can respond to issues before they spread.


5. Optimize your pruning strategy

There are many theories surrounding how vine balance can best be achieved, but one of the most common ways of achieving vine balance is by pruning each plant the appropriate amount.  Deciding how heavily to prune a vine is often dependent on how vigorous it is.  More vigorous vines are able to handle a larger crop and should be pruned differently to optimize yield.

Even though there may not be one correct way to prune, having more information will help growers to best decide how they will prune.  VineView’s Vine Metrics Package allows growers to analyze the vigor of each individual plant, which can guide their pruning operations and lead to improved yield and quality. 


3 Reasons You Should Collect Aerial Imagery Early & Often
18 June, 2018

Now that you know the difference between NDVI and EVI, and five ways to improve wine quality using VineView’s vine vigor products, it’s time to discuss when you should be collecting this important data, and how often. The right timing and frequency can help maximize the information and insights you gain from your aerial imagery.

Aerial imagery can be such a valuable visual tool throughout the entire course of the growing season, from bud break to harvest. VineView’s suite of precision viticulture data products can be used for pointing out areas of concern in regard to everything from nutrient deficiencies, irrigation and cover crop management, to disease and pest control.

When can I start?

Vigor mapping can begin in the spring (April or May in the Northern Hemisphere, and August or September in the Southern Hemisphere) and continue through until harvest which typically takes place in the fall. To gain the most information and to track how your vineyard management practices are affecting your crop, we recommend multiple flights across the growing season, with the most flights occurring earlier in the season!

Why should I order multiple flights?

One flight at the beginning, middle, or towards the end of the growing season can be helpful and will certainly provide you with some valuable insights into the health of your vineyard, but it’s kind of like just reading one chapter of a book – you certainly don’t get to know the whole story. Here are 3 reasons you should collect aerial imagery multiple times throughout the growing season.

1. To monitor impact of vineyard management practices

Collecting data multiple times across the growing season allows growers to track the progress and evolution of their vineyard and monitor the impact of their vineyard management practices.

Here’s an example of a client who we flew multiple flights for last season. They were able to adjust their applications and efforts to achieve their desired vigor levels by monitoring their vineyard each month and making adjustments according to their results.


Since our data is scientifically calibrated, and can be scaled to an absolute standard, it makes comparing maps between parcels, and over time easy!

2. To detect issues before they spread          

VineView’s aerial imagery and data enables grape growers to spot areas of concern before they become visible to the naked eye (and before they become problems areas) and empowers them to take a pro-active approach.

An area of extremely high vigor might indicate a water leak that needs attention, whereas an area showing very low vigor might be the result of nutrient deficiency or grapevine disease. We also offer disease mapping and are able to scout for grapevine disease 200 times more efficiently than traditional scouting methods. Our technology was even proven to be more accurate at identifying Grapevine Leafroll Disease than experts on the ground in a study with UC Davis.

The best time to scout for grapevine diseases like Grapevine Leafroll Disease is later in the growing season.

3. To make adjustments sooner

There are critical points in the growing season when the fruit is developing and maturing, and the result of this process can dramatically affect the taste, acidity, and overall quality of the grapes produced. Monitoring your vineyard in such an efficient and time effective manor allows you to make decisions quicker to ensure you are optimizing the quality and yield of your vineyard.

To order your aerial imagery and gain valuable data insights for your vineyard, contact us today or visit

How does Grapevine Leafroll disease affect grapevines and wine?
04 June, 2018

Grapevine leafroll disease (GLD) is one of the most common and persistent grapevine diseases, present in all grape-growing regions of the world, and affecting up to 50 per cent of vineyards globally.1

It is a viral disease caused by a small insect called the grapevine mealybug, which are known to be carriers of Grapevine leafroll associated Viruses (GLRaVs). The mealybug has a needle-like mouth, perfectly suited to feed on the phloem of a grapevine plant. They can feed on any part of the vine, and excrete a substance known as “honeydew” when feeding.2

RIGHT: Mealybugs, Image source: The Escondido Grapevine

Grapevine leafroll disease is most observable and problematic in cooler climate grape growing regions with the most obvious GLD symptoms appear in the fall – leaf reddening or yellowing, with green venation in red varietals. While symptoms are not as apparent in white varietals, foliar symptoms in both red and white varietals include downward rolling of leaf margins and phloem disruption.34

Merlot vines with (right) and without (left) GLD symptoms, Image source: Impacts of Grapevine Leafroll Disease on Fruit Yield and Grape and Wine Chemistry in a Wine Grape (Vitis vinifera L.) Cultivar5

Grapevine leafroll disease can have devastating impacts on a vineyard, delaying fruit maturity and dramatically reducing fruit quality, pigmentation, vine vigour, and yield.

Grapevines infected with GLD produce wines that are of a dectectably lower quality – poor coloration, aroma and astringency, due to lower alcohol content, fewer polymeric pigments, and lower anthocyanin levels.

It is estimated that vineyards infected with Leafroll are losing up to $40,000 of profits per hectare and are cutting their average 30-year lifespan in half.

Despite various treatments for mealybug like pesticides and the use of natural predators, there is no cure for GLD. If left undetected or uncontrolled, the disease will spread at a rate of 10 per cent each year, and then exponentially after 10-15 per cent of the vineyard is infected. The only solution to stop the spread of infection is to remove and replant infected vines; roguing and replanting can cost a vineyard up to $200,000 USD per hectare, with little yield for almost three years.


SkySquirrel raises $3-million and merges with VineView to become global leader in remote sensing for vineyards
12 January, 2018

SkySquirrel Technologies Inc. and VineView Imaging, leading providers of aerial imaging and crop diagnostics for vineyards, have announced a merger of the two companies. The merger is effective today, and the companies plan to begin integrating operations, customers, global partners and employees immediately.

SkySquirrel, the Canadian-based tech start-up recently closed a $3-million investment round, including a $2-million investment from an Ontario-based private investor and $1-million from Innovacorp, a venture capital organization in Nova Scotia.

The combined company, which will operate under the name VineView, uses drone and airplane-based hyperspectral imagery to provide wine growers with essential information about the health of their grapevines. VineView’s specialized data products allow growers to optimize yields, improve grape quality and reduce damage from environmental factors like grapevine diseases and frost.

The merged company will be headquartered in Halifax, Nova Scotia, with international operations based out of Napa Valley, California, and Toulouse, France; two of the world’s biggest wine markets. SkySquirrel acquired its French partner Avidordrone in late 2017 and is scaling up operations for the 2018 growing season across France.

Richard van der Put, SkySquirrel’s founder and CEO, will remain as CEO of the new combined company, and Dr. Matthew Staid, former president of VineView and a lead scientist on many NASA projects, will serve as the company’s chief scientific officer.

“VineView has provided exceptional services, deep product knowledge and industry expertise to California’s premium wine market for over 15 years,” said van der Put. "We’re excited to leverage their strong IP in disease detection that’s unique to the market place as we expand our capabilities and data products to best serve our customers."

“After working in partnership with Richard and his team for the past few years, we’re excited to officially join forces with SkySquirrel and combine our two companies,” said Dr. Staid from his office in St. Helena, California. “Together we will be able to scale globally and offer our customers enhanced data solutions.”

Van der Put added, “With Matt’s R&D leadership, the talented teams we’ve built, combined with VineView’s strong industry knowledge and our technological expertise, we are confident in our ability to seize the position as global market leader in the vineyard space. This merger will further enhance how we work with our global partners and solidify our ability to meet the needs of our customers."

SkySquirrel works with some of the most prestigious wine brands in the world and VineView has been a market leader in California, one of the world’s largest wine growing regions, for over 15 years. Together, the new VineView, with customers in 12 countries and counting, will continue to drive vineyard technology innovation and provide grape growers with the most accurate and advanced data-insights available.

About SkySquirrel Technologies
Founded in 2012 and based in Halifax, Nova Scotia, SkySquirrel is a data analytics company that is transforming the way vineyard operators monitor grapevine health through highly specialized aerial-based technology, a multispectral camera system, and a cloud-based image processing service. Named one of the country’s most innovative tech companies, SkySquirrel offers grape growers custom data solutions, specifically engineered for the complexities of vineyards.

About VineView Imaging
VineView Imaging provides aerial remote sensing services to agricultural producers and researchers, with a focus on vineyards and high-value crops. Their specialized mapping products reveal the location of stress, disease, soil boundaries, and other variations thereby enabling farm managers to implement precision agriculture practices. VineView has been serving the California and Pacific Northwest agricultural markets since 2002.


Contact information:

Emily Ennett
Marketing & Business Development Manager
VineView | +1.902.442.0742

Accurately Track the Spread of Leafroll Disease Using Aerial Imagery
21 August, 2017

Leafroll Mapping

Leafroll disease, also known as the Grapevine Leafroll Associated Virus, is one of the most widespread and economically damaging plant diseases affecting the wine industry today.  Infected vines produce grapes with lower anthocyanin levels, brix levels, and levels of total soluable solids.  This combination creates wines with lower alcohol content, fewer polymeric pigments, and lower anthocyanin levels, leading to poor color, aroma, and astringency.

Tracking the spead of leafroll is the first step to its management in the vineyard.  Since there is no known cure for leafroll infected vines, they typically need to be removed in order to prevent further spread of the disease.  Having a map showing the location of all leafroll infected vines can be extremely helpful, especially when trying to differentiate between vines with different diseases.  Seeing the "big picture" provided by aerial imagery can also provide clues as to the disease's origin, such as a neighboring vineyard, allowing you to take preventative steps.

VineView imaging performs custom flights for each vineyard to ensure the accuracy of the collected data.  Using hyperspectral imagery, the vines with disease become easily apparent.  These flights are normally accomplished in late September or early October, with timing shifted to maximize accuracy based on plant symptoms.

What better way to accurately track the spread of leafroll disease in your vineyard than with a birds-eye view?  Give us a call, and we will be happy to schedule a flight over your vineyard.  You can also place an order through our website,


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Stunning, High Resolution Aerial Photography from VineView
30 May, 2017

VineView Imaging is known throughout the Napa Valley and beyond as the premier provider of aerial imaging to the wine industry.  Our scientific cameras are able to accurately and reliably detect even small variations in vine vigor, water content, and disease potential.

Did you know, however, that VineView is also able to provide extremely high-resolution natural color aerial photography?  Our newly acquired aerial camera systems allow us to photograph large areas at resolutions that are comparable to what you would receive from a drone-mounted camera.  These stunning images will leave your guests in awe as they admire the vibrant colors and natural beauty of your vineyards from the air.  Conversely, these aerial photographs can also be georeferenced to allow for better development planning.

Whether you are looking for scientifically-calibrated images or stunning aerial photographs, VineView can help you elevate your perspective.

Want to learn more?  Give us a call, or visit our website!

707.965.9663 [office]

When Should You Order Aerial Imagery?
05 April, 2017

Many of our clients come to us with the same question: when should I order a vigor map?  A water content map?  A disease map?  Are there any specific times that will maximize the information that I get from my imagery?

Our answer is always the same: of course!  There are special times of the year that are critical to the plants' life cycle or crop development which should be carefully monitored.  Taking aerial images at the correct time is just as essential as using the correct scientific cameras to capture the data - do it wrong, and you could be wasting the potential of the mapping.

Vigor Mapping (Basic and PureCanopy)

The most common type of aerial imaging, vigor mapping can begin as early as mid-May, but is generally collected between June and September.  We recommend that our clients obtain multiple vigor maps throughout the season, so we offer multi-flight packages that allow our clients to obtain up to four vigor maps per season at a discounted rate.  More than 4 flights in a growing season, however, is unnecessary in the vast majority of cases.

Some aerial imaging companies offer weekly imaging packages, claiming that a weekly snapshot will give you additional information that can help you better track change in your vineyard.  Our research has found, however, that weekly imaging is overkill and that you end up paying more for information you don't really need and can't actually use.  This is because changes in the vineyard cause vigor to change slowly over time.  Weekly data may be nice, but we (and the majority of our clients) believe it to be unnecessary.  If you truly want to track changes in your vineyard over a growing season, we recommend monthly imaging, which would be covered by one of VineView's 4-flight vigor packages.

Some of the most popular times to obtain aerial vigor maps are early in the growing season, veraison (around 50%), and just before harvest.  Often, our clients who only obtain one image do so in late July or early August.  Those who choose multi-flight packages tend to have us fly their property once a month from June to September.

Disease Mapping (Leafroll)

Using specialized scientific hyperspectral cameras allows VineView scientists to detect the presence of leaf roll disease very accurately, but only if the data is collected at the appropriate times.  Anyone who has worked with leaf roll infected vines knows that the leaves begin to turn red late in the growing season.  The important thing to realize is that not only are the leaves turning red, but the invisible spectrum of light being reflected by the leaf is also changing.  Because of this, the best time to collect data for disease mapping (to maximize accuracy) is when the visible symptoms (red leaves) are the most pronounced, as are the invisible symptoms characteristic of leaf roll.  This normally occurs in late September or early October, but can vary among varietals.

Water Content Mapping

Currently, vineyard managers make irrigation decisions based on pressure chamber readings, which are considered to be the gold standard for measurement of actual vine water stress.  In order to obtain accurate dtat, readings are commonly taken pre-dawn.  A pressure chamber reading, however, will not tell you the water stress for the whole vineyard.  Rather, it will give you a reading for one vine.

Until VineView scientists are able to perform multiple studies verifying the positive correlation between our mapping and pressure chamber measurements, we do not recommend tossing out the pressure chambers.  Instead, we suggest that you use this map as a guide to tell you where you should be collecting data using your pressure chambers or other measurments.  For example, our map will tell you which areas tend to have higher water concentrations, and which ones have lower water concentrations.  Getting one to four water content maps per season can take the guesswork out of deciding on the best places to take pressure chamber readings.

When Should I Order?

It's not too early to place an order.  In fact, the best time to place your order is now.  VineView automatically applies a 5% early order discount to all orders placed before the 1st of June.  Ordering now will allow you to save money while simultaneously obtaining peace of mind, knowing that everything is ready for the coming growing season.

Now you know the best dates to request for each type of aerial image.  If you have further questions, contact us and we will be more than happy to help.

Office: 707.965.9663


VineView Releases 2017 Aerial Imaging Packages
17 March, 2017

VineView Imaging is known throughout the Napa Valley and beyond as the premium provider of aerial imaging services to the winegrape industry.  From aerial photography, to vigor mapping, to water stress mapping, to disease mapping - we do it all.

Our mission is to provide extremely accurate, scientifically calibrated data at a reasonable price.  As such, we are releasing a new set of aerial imaging packages, aimed at giving you more data for your dollar.  These packages have been designed to include all of the information you need to make effective changes in the field.  At the same time, they represent the same type of data that our existing clients have been using for years, so our new packages will still allow for continuity of analysis.  Contact us for more information.

Additionally, we have all of our data we have collected over the past decade in our archives, so if you are in search of historical imagery, or would like to track your vineyard's health back a few years, all you have to do is ask!  There is no guarantee that we will have historical data for your property, but if it lies in one of our normal flight areas, the chances are pretty high.

If you are interested in signing up to receive aerial imaging in 2017, the time is now!  We are currently offering a 5% discount off the total list price for all orders placed before June 1.  Give us a call or send us an email; we will be happy to help you find the best package for you!


The Future of Aerial Imagery: PureCanopy(TM) Vigor Mapping
15 February, 2017

Many vineyard owners and managers have been using aerial vigor maps like NDVI's for decades.  The information provided by NDVI vigor maps can be invaluable in determining harvest segmentation, sensor placement, and pruning choices.  Unfortunately, however, NDVI images are usually fraught with errors, which are caused when images are taken at different times of the day, or by soil variations or other factors.  In order to combat these errors, scientists at VineView Imaging opted to start using a new index for vigor mapping, called EVI, or the Enhanced Vegetation Index.  This new algorithm eliminates the errors associated with NDVI, ensuring that growers receive reliable information with every image.

Regular EVI images are great for detecting large patterns within a vineyard, but may not always facilitate easy interpretation of vigor on an individual, plant-by-plant basis.  PureCanopy vigor mapping, on the other hand, has two main advantages.  First, it is collected at a much higher resolution, allowing you to distinguish between individual vines.  Second, whereas regular EVI imaging might pick up vigor variation in the weeds or cover crop growing between the rows, PureCanopy technology allows VineView scientists to spectrally separate the vine canopy from the surrounding soil and cover crop.  This means that the information you receive from a PureCanopy vigor map is the most specific vigor information available for every individual plant.

One of the main benefits of PureCanopy imagery is that it can be used to guide winter pruning operations.  Knowing the vigor level of each individual vine can provide growers with the additional information they need to acheive vine balance.

Our PureCanopy Vigor Mapping Package includes an infrared image, along with both relative and calibrated versions of our PureCanopy EVI.

Have questions?  Visit our website or contact us today for more information!


Relative EVI: A Magnifying Glass for Vigor
16 January, 2017

One of the main goals of vineyard management is the achievement of uniformity of vigor within a block.  While calibrated vigor maps, such as VineView's Calibrated EVI, allow growers to track changes in vine vigor over time, subtle differences in vigor can be hard to distinguish.  That's where the Relative EVI shines.  Instead of mapping vigor to a standardized scale, VineView's Relative EVI maps the vigor relative only to the imaged vineyard.  This exaggerates differences in vigor, such that small differences become plainly obvious.

Vigor information can be useful for harvest segmentation, sampling and pruning guidance, and also as a basic disease detection tool.  That said, the Relative EVI's most useful purpose is to point out small differences in vigor so that growers can work towards uniformity of vigor within a block.

Interested in learning more?  Watch this video on the use of Relative EVI mapping on our website:


New Video Series from VineView Imaging - "Giving You the Edge"
05 January, 2017


While nothing can replace boots on the ground, technology is becoming more and more mainstream in the wine industry.  The use of aerial imaging to monitor vine vigor is decades old, and yet most aerial imaging companies are using algorithyms that have been shown to consistently produce inaccurate measurements.  VineView's team of scientists have abandoned traditional NDVI imaging in favor of the "Enhanced Vegetation Index," or EVI.  This index provides the same vigor information, yet eliminates the errors associated with NDVI.

For more information, watch our first video of our new series: "Giving You the Edge."  The remaining three videos can be found on our website:


How to Avoid Common Errors Associated with Aerial Vigor Mapping
12 December, 2016

The use of aerial imaging to measure vine vigor is nothing new in the wine industry. In fact, most vineyard owners and managers currently utilize some form of vigor mapping in their vineyards to aid their decision making. Long considered the industry standard, the most common measure of vine vigor has been theNormalized Difference Vegetation Index, orNDVI. 

What many do not know, however, is that NDVI was not originally designed to measure plant vigor. Instead, it was designed simply to detect living vegetation and distinguish it from other matter, like rocks, soil, or dead vegetation. It was not until the Mondavi Project of 1992 that scientists began to correlate NDVI imaging with vine vigor.

As an index, NDVI is fraught with potential errors and inaccuracies. One of the main factors that affects the results of NDVI analysis is the solar incidence angle, or simply put, the angle at which the sun strikes the leaves. Since the earth is constantly rotating, and in motion around the sun, the solar incidence angle is continuously changing. Therefore, there is no way to ensure that the data you receive is accurate. There is no way to set the data relative to a standard, since the results change dramatically during a single day (see for examples). Shadows and soil variations also have a large impact on NDVI results, which can skew the data away from an accurate representation of actual vine conditions.

Using new algorithms and additional wavelengths of light, scientists at VineView Imaging are able to eliminate these errors and inaccuracies. We provide an improvedEnhanced Vegetation Index, orEVI, that allows vineyard owners and managers to accurately compare data and track change in vine vigor over time.

Aerial imaging is an important tool that, when analyzed and acted upon appropriately, can dramatically improve the quality of the grapes produced in your vineyard. If you’re currently using VineView for your aerial imaging needs, you can rest assured that the data you receive is always accurate and dependable, as we have been providing EVI imaging for more than half a decade. 

If you are currently using NDVI imaging to analyze vine vigor in your field and want to learn more about EVI vigor mapping, we would be happy to provide you with additional information! Visit our website,, or you can contact us directly by either calling our office at (707) 965-9663 or sending us an email, which is checked regularly.

Order you leafroll maps TODAY!
12 September, 2016

As fall approaches, signs of virus are showing up.
Now is the time to get it mapped so you can take action over the winter. 


  • Quantify infection rate
  • Track diretion and rate of spread
  • Identify vines for removal
  • Segregate harvest
  • Purchase and lease decisions

How to Start Using Drones in Your Vineyard Today!
06 September, 2016

Everyone agrees that drones will play a major role in the future of agricultural imaging.  Recently passed legislation from the Federal Aviation Administration is making the future a reality.  With the appropriate specialized scientific cameras installed, drones will provide more information to vineyard owners and managers than ever before.  So how can you utilize drone technology in your vineyard today?

In order to better serve your needs, VineView and its drone partner SkySquirrel Technologies are offering turn-key drone systems and drone flight service through Hawk Aerial.  This team brings unparalleled experience to provide growers with the most cutting-edge imaging technology available.  You can rest assured that you will receive the high quality imagery VineView is known for from this exciting new platform.  

The types of imagery currently available for drone-based flights include:

So what are you waiting for?  You can order VineView's drone-based imaging services today by contacting Kevin at Hawk Aerial (; 425-218-3723), or by emailing us at  For more information on different types of imaging and their respective benefits, visit VineView's website,

VineView Goes to South America
08 July, 2016

Last month, VineView owner Dr. Matthew Staid and pilot Bryan Soderblom traveled to South America to present at multiple conferences dealing with hyper-spectral imaging.  Due to Dr. Staid's years of experience in remote sensing technologies, he quickly was recognized as the scientific voice behind the conference.  Sharing VineView's expertise, Staid and Soderblom presented at conferences held in Bogota, Colombia; Buenos Aires, Argentina; and Santiago de Chile, Chile.  Attendees represented many different fields, but each was a significant player in the South American market.  They included the leaders of several federations, including the coffee bean federation, the palm olive federation, and the soybean federation, as well as the military and mining companies.


Dr. Staid spent a significant amount of time discussing the science behind hyper-spectral aerial imaging.  As a NASA scientist who has dedicated his life to the practical application of remote imaging, he is nothing less than a true expert in his field.  His input to the conference was tremendous, giving weight to the other presentations' material through his expertise.


Another presenter was David Bannon, CEO for Headwall Photonics.  Headwall is one of the largest and most advanced manufacturers of hyper-spectral cameras in the world.  Yet another presenter was Rodrigo Arbat, the Director of Interra, an aerial imaging company in South America, presented on the use of LIDAR (Light Detection and Ranging) for several applications.  Finally, Robert of Leica Geosystems presented on the use of drones for aerial imaging purposes.


Overall, the meetings were quite informative, and left attendees with many new ideas for how hyper-spectral imaging can be utilized in each of their respective fields.


Premier supplier of precision aerial imaging to grape growers
07 March, 2016

VineView has been the premier supplier of precision aerial imaging to grape growers in California's North and Central coasts. VineView has five employees currently serving California, Oregon and Washington vineyards. Imaging products include vigor and disease mapping, water stress mapping and aerial photography. Customers are individual vineyard owners, vineyard management companies, large multivineyard operations and publicly traded companies. VineView also serves fruit and nut tree growers in the Central Valley. Read the article in North Bay Business Journal.

VineView receives Vineyard Technology Award
13 November, 2015

VineView receives Vineyard Technology Award by the North Bay Business Journal for their aerial leafroll mapping product. 

The honorees will be recognized at a reception Tuesday, December 1 at the Hyatt Vineyard Creek in Santa Rosa from 4 to 6:30 p.m

It's not too late to order leafroll maps.
25 September, 2015

Leafroll virus symptoms are showing up a bit late this year.  That means it's not too late to have your red varietal vineyards flown and mapped!  Contact VineView to get on the schedule.

VineView's leafroll mapping technology featured in Vineyard and Winery Management
03 September, 2015

VineView’s Leafroll Mapping technology is featured in the current issue of Vineyard and Winery Management: “Detecting Grapevine Leafroll from the Air” by James Giese.

Click here to view full article.

VineView is proud to offer aerial leafroll mapping services to clients throughout California.  Contact us to discuss your mapping needs.

Due to the popularity of this new service, we have also made plans to offer aerial leafroll mapping to premium grape growing regions worldwide through our partnership with SkySquirrel Technologies (SST).  Together with SST, VineView is adapting its proprietary leafroll mapping technology for use on drones (UAVs) developed by SST.  Stay tuned.

Fostering a sense of place through Aerial Photographs.
21 May, 2015

Fostering a "sense of place" is one of the best ways to develop brand loyalty with your customers. 

  • An Aerial Photo of your property makes a great starting point for vineyard and winery tours. 
  • Tasting room associates can use an Aerial Photo to connect vineyard-designated and estate wines with vineyard locations and block layout using powerful visuals.
  • Aerial photos make a great backdrop for websites and other marketing materials.

Now is a great time to order aerial photography.  Contact VineView to schedule your custom session while the valley is still green!

New study highlights the economic impact of leafroll virus
17 April, 2015

We recently came across a great article about Grapevine Leafroll Disease: 

"Grapevine Leafroll Disease (GLRD) is a devastating viral infection that can affect grapevines in all regions.

Recently, researchers at Cornell University, including Miguel Gómez and Katie Ricketts, conducted an economic analysis in the Napa, Sonoma, and northern San Joaquin Valley grape-growing regions to determine the economic losses caused by leafroll disease, as well as the best control strategies to minimize losses.

Survey data was collected from vineyard managers throughout California’s grape-growing regions with a focus on GLRD’s impact, specifically on Cabernet Sauvignon. The researchers looked at cost-minimizing management strategies under various disease levels, as well as price penalties, timing of disease onset relative to vineyard age, yield losses and control costs".

To read the full article, click here

Contact VineView for hyperspectral leafroll mapping.

Complete and utter brilliance in the vineyard
06 January, 2015

VineView's drone venture featured in Drink Me Magazine. 

"What happens when you mix two forms of technological genius? In this case, complete and utter brilliance. When Vineview (a remote sensing company) and... Read the rest of the story HERE.


VineView moves to new offices
01 December, 2014

VineView has leased 5500 sqft of office and hangar space at the Angwin Airport!

Angwin-Parrett Field
Hangar 13
Airport Way
Angwin, CA

VineView and SkySquirrel Debut Drone at Rootstock
12 November, 2014

St. Helena, Napa Valley and Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada, November 2014 —- VineView-SAI, Inc., a St. Helena-based remote sensing company established in 1999, is partnering with SkySquirrel Technologies Inc. (SST), a commercial Unmanned Aerial System (drone) company based in Nova Scotia, Canada. VineView and SkySquirrel will be displaying their Aqweo (*) agricultural drone at The Concept Bar at Rootstock, the Napa Valley Grape Growers’ trade exhibition taking place on November 13, 2014 from 8:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. at the Napa Exposition Fairgrounds (575 Third Street, Napa 94558). More information at VineView is contributing its 15 years of experience in remote sensing of vineyards and other high value crops to the development of a fully integrated drone system for high resolution imaging of vineyards, citrus and nut crops.  “Partnering with SST allows us to bring the technologies we’ve developed to new markets as well as provide additional options for our current customers,” said Matt Staid, Ph.D., President of VineView.  “Canada has been a leader in supporting the commercial use and testing of unmanned aircraft, allowing us to start using this new platform sooner than would otherwise be possible.”

SST has been developing and testing its robust, portable, commercial drone system for the past 2 1/2 years.   “What we see missing in the current drone marketplace is a commercial-grade UAS delivering a turn-key aerial imaging solution for growers,” said SST CEO and co-founder, Tim Stekkinger.  Other manufacturers are focusing on the drone itself, whereas the Aqweo delivers a complete GPS-guided system, including customized onboard imaging equipment which allows for crop-specific imaging.  “This breakthrough product will allow the user to collect accurate, consistent measurements of crop conditions and upload them to a cloud environment for automatic data processing. The resulting maps will go far beyond basic vigor mapping and can be viewed in the field from a tablet device,” explains Stekkinger. “The partnership with VineView allows us to offer calibrated aerial imaging data, which is of much higher quality than anything on the market today.”

The system will become available in Europe, Canada and South America early next year; availability in the U.S. depends on FAA restrictions currently under review.

Based in St. Helena, VineView has been providing remote sensing services to the wine-grape industry in California, Oregon and Washington since 2002.  VineView uses state of the art equipment and image processing techniques to deliver high-quality imaging products from multispectral and hyperspectral systems. In addition to calibrated vigor maps and infrared images, VineView also offers RedleafMap™ (leafroll and redblotch mapping) and has developed H2OstressMap (water stress mapping).  Aerial images are a valuable tool for many aspects of vineyard management and can help growers improve grape quality, identify disease, save time and resources and reduce the environmental impacts of farming. More information at

Based in Nova Scotia, SkySquirrel Technologies Inc. develops drone-based technology for monitoring crop health, with a primary focus on improving crop yields and reducing costs at commercial vineyards. It offers an effective way to optimize agricultural inspection and field monitoring operations. The company was founded in May 2012. Based in Canada, it also has a presence in Switzerland and California. More at .

Are you seeing RED?
05 September, 2014

As fall approaches, signs of virus are showing up.
Now is the time to get it mapped so you can take action over the winter. 


  • Quantify infection rate
  • Track diretion and rate of spread
  • Identify vines for removal
  • Segregate harvest
  • Purchase and lease decisions

VineView acquires new aircraft
02 September, 2014

VineView has purchased a second airplane to expand our service offerings and territory.  Our new Cessna 172 is perfectly suited to aerial photography as it can fly low and slow!

Cessna 172

Harvest is approching!
01 August, 2014

 Plan your harvest using our maps!  There is still time to order EVI (Vigor) maps to help with harvest planning.  VineView has flight dates available for late August and September.  Sometimes we can even squeeze you in the next day! Getting on our schedule is easy.  We do all the time-consuming work of locating your property and making shapefiles. Contact Melissa 707-967-8707 or


Do you know where that leafroll virus is coming from?
04 June, 2014

Do you know where that leafroll virus is coming from?


A Redleaf map can help you track and limit the spread of leafroll.  Rouging infected vines has been shown to limit the spread of leafroll virus to <1% per year versus up to 10% for no control measures. 

In addition to certified clean planting stock, control strategies include mealybug monitoring, strict sanitary procedures to limit the spread of mealybugs, neighbor grower groups to coordinate insect control and rouging infected vines.

A thorough discussion is contained in the review article:
Almeida, et al., Ecology and management of grapevine leafroll disease, Frontiers in Microbiology, April 2013.

VineView to present at SCVTG meeting. 1.0 DPR hrs.
28 May, 2014

Matt Staid will be presenting at the Sonoma County Vineyard Technical Group (CVTG) June 19.  Topics to be covered include leafroll mapping, hyperspectral imaging, vigor mapping, including the new enhanced vegetation index (EVI). 1.0 DPR credits available.  To join this group, go to

Get on our 2014 imaging schedule now.
23 April, 2014

VineView is now taking orders for 2014 EVI vigor mapping.  Call or email to get on our schedule.

High resolution aerial photos make a great addition to your tasting room and marketing materials.  Contact us to learn more.Winery marketing photo

Leafroll Virus Mapping
10 March, 2014

RedleafMap showing leafroll infected vines

2013 Leafroll Virus maps of red varietals are currrently available for Napa Valley. Historical vigor maps (NDVI/EVI) are available as well. Please contact us.





Please contact us for an accurate quote based on product, location and acreage. You may visit our website to use a google earth-linked tool to outline your property, or send a shapefile, address, or ranch map. Visit click "contact us" on the left.

Our customers range from small growers with <10 acres to large vineyard manangement companies farming thousands of acres. In addition to vineyards, we provide images to nut tree, citrus, cotton, rice, vegetable growers and research groups. Virtually any size operation can benefit from aerial mapping.

VineView provides imaging service to >500 vineyard and other agricultural operations annually. Below please find a sample listing of customers.

Select customers:

Araujo Estate
Clos Du Val

Cakebread Cellars
Dominus Estate

Kistler Vineyards
Moulds Family Vineyard
Napa Valley Grapegrowers
Sangiacomo Family Vineyards
Silverado Farming Company
Walsh Vineyards Management

UC Davis
Applied Physics Lab (Johns Hopkins University)

" "We have years of working with VineView-Scientific Aerial Imaging, I would not recommend using a different service. Qualified, dedicated, and forward thinking sums it up." Towle Merritt "
- Towle Merritt, Walsh Vineyards Management
Title Name Email Phone
Melissa Staid (707) 967-8707
Matt Staid 707-967-8707