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The robots are coming: How Bordeaux is combining technology with viticulture

Bordeaux robots
A Bakus Vitibot at Petit Village. Credit: Jean Barge

From its ordered rows of vines to serried ranks of barrels in the cellars of stately château, Bordeaux is the pitch-perfect image of French viticultural tradition.

Immaculate brochures portray the rhythms of the season, pruning, harvest and cellar work – all done by hand, artisanal, unchanged for centuries.