VitiBot: Using robotics to make winemaking more sustainable

The Bakus electric vine straddling robot can operate autonomously for up to 10 hours. ©Vitibot

Combining a passion for robotics with his family’s history in winemaking, VitiBot CEO and co-founder Cedric Bache saw an opportunity to help winemakers meet the dual challenges of modernization and sustainable development

A year after the first sale of its Bakus robot, French agritech startup VitiBot recently raised €11m in Series A funding, with some of France’s largest wine and spirits companies as investors. The Champagne-based company — whose mission is to bring greater efficiency, sustainability and safety to the winemaking industry — plans to use the funds to grow its business at home and abroad. 
Backing Vitibot in the October round were Champagne Roederer; Martell Mumm Perrier-Jouët, a subsidiary of the CAC 40-listed Pernod Ricard Group; Champagne Laurent-Perrier; Piper-Heidsieck and Charles Hei...

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