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In Northern Italy, The World's First Winemaking Robot

At the futuristic Enosis wine lab, the Genesis robot brings wine into the 21st century.

2015 world's best oenologist Donato Lanati with the Genesis winemaking robot
2015 world's best oenologist Donato Lanati with the Genesis winemaking robot
Miriam Massone

FUBINE — In the heart of northern Italy's famous wine-producing Montferrat area, a World Heritage Site, a robot named Genesis that looks like a cheap version of BB-8 in the new Star Wars toils away. Despite its somewhat unimpressive appearance, Genesis is actually a technological marvel — the only winemaking robot in the world, designed by Donato Lanati, who was named the world's best oenologist in 2015.

"Genesis can carry 200 kilos of grapes and and produce 100 liters of wine," says Dora Marchi, a biologist at Enosis, the sprawling 2,500-square-meter vineyard in the rolling hills of Fubine, where the robot was developed. Housed in a 17th century farmstead, Enosis has 37 different grape varieties and houses a laboratory, university and clinic with 18 wine experts — including biologists, oenologists, cellarers, agronomists, chemists and technicians.

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