Barolo Cannubi 2021? If you think we’re rushing ahead, discover what satellites can tell you

Thanks to 5-year research and the European Space Agency support, Saturnalia is able to monitor day by day the growing season of the vineyards of the best wine-producing areas in the world. How can we do it? We analyse billions of pixels derived from satellite images and then let our algorithms digest the data. Our model combines a vast array of sources – such as latitude, longitude, weather data, humidity, leaf development (based on light reflectance) – to derive our SVI (Saturnalia Variation Index) and SEI (Saturnalia Evolution Index) indexes which allow us to grasp every distinguishing feature of the vintage.

An example? This vegetation timelapse of the Cannubi MGA in Barolo. A concrete representation of how we can show the vegetative response of 2021 vintage through the study of the reflectance* of light from the vines. All together, it goes under the name of the SEI (Saturnalia Evolution Index).

* The reflectance is the relation between reflected and incident light.

Our model does not allow us to know in advance the tasting profile or the aromas of Barolo Cannubi 2021 (we have to wait and taste the new vintage, like everyone else!), but it does let us know in advance the potential quality of the grapes. Therefore industry professionals, wine writers and connoisseurs can understand – well in advance compared to the market release – the context of the wines of that vintage. Without any doubt the knowledge and the efforts of man during the stage of vinification and refining will allow to further evolve and enhance the wine, but we also believe that “wine is made in the vineyard”. It’s an expression that holds true for all those wines that – thanks to their terroir and varietal features – portray absolutely unique and intrinsic characteristics. 

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Barolo Cannubi 2021? If you think we’re rushing ahead, discover what satellites can tell you