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It’s harvest time, it's harvest time!

13/02/2019

It’s harvest time, it's harvest time!

"You know what time it is when it's harvest time!"

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It’s harvest time, it's harvest time!

"You know what time it is when it's harvest time!" (Sung to the tune of Flight of the Conchords: Business Time)


As we come into harvest time for the majority of our southern hemisphere customers, we figured we are well overdue for a progress update.


What is Winely? For those who don’t know, let’s break this down. Winely was founded in 2017, with a mission of making wine scientifically better.


We see tracking data as critical to ensure an amazing wine. But we don’t want winemakers to be burdened by this task. We don’t want tracking data to take away from the element of instinct involved in winemaking. We’ve set about developing a product that automates data collection and analysis so winemakers have more time to spend perfecting the wine.


We have had the pleasure of working with some absolutely fantastic winemakers in 2018 and we’re so excited to see the first iteration of our product up and running in VinPro’s tanks in just 2 short weeks!


Product details

After extensive conversations with winemakers from NZ and Aus we developed a hardware product to automate measurements of pH and Brix/Baume and temperature in the wine tanks. This is coupled with a software solution, allowing winemakers to check wine attributes in real time, in the office and out of it.

After VinPro, we are looking to fit out more customers! If you’re interested in having your tanks fitted out or for trialing a few tanks, then please reach out. Our calendar is filling up fast.... so the sooner, the better! Email jacob.manning@winely.co.nz to express interest.


Winely 2019

This year we’re excited to keep working with our winemakers on the data they need to make winemaking easier. This includes;


  1. Iterating our hardware to enable more data attributes to be collected.
  2. Iterating our hardware to allow for data tracking from the tanks to barrels.
  3. Building out an elegant dashboard to enable winemakers to make the best possible decisions with their data.
  4. A reconnaissance mission to the States to check out their wine technology and see where we fit into this amazing world of wine technology.


Happy Harvest, winemakers of NZ and Aus! We look forward to meeting more of you this year!

Abbe and Jake, co-founders of Winely

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Startup to rid the world of bad wine.

13/02/2018

Startup to rid the world of bad wine.

Winely was founded in 2017 while the co-founders Jacob Manning and Abbe Hyde spent time working with SproutX agtech accelerator teams in Melbourne, Australia.

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Startup to rid the world of bad wine.

Winely was founded in 2017 while the co-founders Jacob Manning and Abbe Hyde spent time working with SproutX agtech accelerator teams in Melbourne, Australia.

The co-founders had worked together before on various projects; but this time, the project was in Jacob Manning's domain. Having exited in an agtech startup in 2013 for a bit of cash, which paid for him to do two more degrees in science, strengthening his knowledge in the agtech space. “I boot strapped that startup from a local New Plymouth startup to Australasia wide. The soil science really interested me.” In 2011, after leaving KPMG as an accountant to work full-time on Wholesale Soil Solutions Ltd., he realised he needed more knowledge and proceeded to study Biotechnology at Otago University.

Science solutions to technical problems always interested Jacob and this lead him to founding Winely with Abbe Hyde.

Why am I doing this?

"I’m doing it because the science of winemaking is super interesting and complex! The metabolic pathways that are influenced by yeast and bacteria resulting in a funky drink! Hell yeah the biochemistry is awesome! That's what got me interested in this startup." - Jacob Manning

Abbe Hyde's background was slightly different. Having completed a Master's in Disruptive Innovation, she went on to found a high- tech startup in the Events Industry. She led the team to raise over $150,000 and worked with over 100 different events and event planners to help eliminate issues with low attendance in events.

Why am I doing this?

"I'm passionate about helping real people with big pain points. Talking to over 100 winemakers about the way they manage data to create beautiful wine gets me excited about the future of the industry. Especially from a disruptive innovation standpoint (my Masters research) - working with people that are keen to try new technologies and incorporate different practices into a very traditional industry seeming is a great space to be. Plus ... I love wine." - Abbe Hyde