Wine Grenade makes better wine, faster
What is the Wine Grenade?
The Wine Grenade is a simple, standalone tool designed to put the process of micro-oxygenation within reach of all winemakers. It’s easy to use, requires no installation, and removes the cost and complexity from maturing wine.
Winemakers simply activate the device, place it atop their tank, and the Wine Grenade takes care of the rest.
Micro-oxygenation is a technique used by winemakers to mimic oak barrel maturation and get good wine to market quickly. It's a well accepted technique used in many wines consumed today.
Winemakers have expressed frustration at the cost and inconvenience of existing micro-oxygenation systems preventing them from treating as much of their wine as they’d like to. We invented around this issue by completely removing installation costs and by making our technology accessible to all. We have changed micro-oxygenation from a capital expense to an operational one.
Efficacy studies undertaken alongside winemakers in New Zealand and the United States have shown the Wine Grenade’s patented oxygen diffusion system to be more effective than alternative methods. Winemakers also benefit from remote monitoring and real-time data capture and analysis. They now have greater insight into the development of their wine and greater control of the maturation process.
The development of Wine Grenade's product has been shaped by New Zealand's leading winemakers. Their insight and expertise is leveraged throughout our user research and User-Centred Design process. The result is a device which is perfectly suited to meet our customers' needs. Wine Grenade's highly skilled engineering team continues to iterate the product design as our understanding of the Wine Grenade’s role in a winemaker’s toolkit evolves.
Commercial trials at Sacred Hill Wines in Hawke’s Bay proved that the Wine Grenade works exactly how winemakers need it to work. Further field trials in Napa Valley have demonstrated that our approach is simple and effective, yet adaptable to different winemaking styles including; grape varietals, climatic differences, oxygen dose rates, and length of maturation programme.
Hear from Chief Winemaker (Tony Bish) and Head of Red Winemaking (Jenny Dobson) from Sacred Hill Wines in Hawke’s Bay, as they discuss their experience using the Wine Grenade.
Wine Grenade is at the leading edge of micro-oxygenation technology. Our intensive research and development programme has involved engineers and researchers from NZ Government-owned Plant & Food Research, and scientists from the University of Auckland's Wine Science Programme and NZ Product Accelerator group.
The Wine Grenade team have received support from a number of funding bodies including research and development grants from Kiwinet and Callaghan Innovation. Our desire to be at the forefront of wine technology has been recognised in New Zealand's Hi-Tech Awards, New Zealand Innovator Awards, and at the University of Auckland's $100k Entrepreneurship Challenge.
Wine Grenade in the Media
Wine Grenade profiled in NZ Winegrower magazine. Read on NZ Winegrower
The NBR talks about this unique opportunity. Read more on NBR (Paywall)
Wine Grenade included in MOTAT exhibition celebrating Kiwi innovation. Read on stuff.co.nz
Bob Campbell MW considers the opportunity. Read on therealreview.com
Wine Grenade a finalist in the Hi-Tech Agritech Product category at the 2016 NZ Hi-Tech Awards. See on hitech.org.nz
A good summary of our product trials and other recent updates. Read on NZherald.co.nz
Wine Grenade nominated for the NZ Innovators awards. See finalists at innovators.org
Wine Grenade front cover of Idealog's article on the Auckland innovation system. Read on Idealog
CEO Hamish Elmslie talks to RadioLive about Wine Grenade's journey and overviews the product concept. Listen on radiolive.co.nz
Wine expert Yvonne Lorkin talks about Wine Grenade's potential to disrupt the micro-oxygenation market. Listen on radionz.co.nz
Wine Grenade wins University of Auckland innovation prize. Read on educators.co.nz