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PO Box 1141
St. Helena
CA, 95474
United States
(707) 967-8707
Melissa Staid

About Us

Based on NASA technology, using aerial-based sensors, ultra-high resolution imagery and advanced scientific algorithms, VineView is transforming the way vineyard operators monitor grapevine health. By offering specialized data solutions tuned for the complexities of vineyards, VineView enables growers to improve grape quality, protect against disease, and optimize vineyard productivity.


  • Over 15 years of unparalleled experience in remote sensing for vineyards, including unmatched UP and expertise around disease detection.

  • Offer most advanced, calibrated, and accurate measurement of vine vigour available.

  • First data analytics provider capable of offering vineyard specific disease detection capabilities from a drone platform.

Key Products

Calibrated Vine Vigour Data Products

Using ultra-high resolution imagery, advanced calibration techniques, and the Enhanced Vegetation Index, VineView offers the world’s most advanced measurement of grapevine health. With VineView’s suite of Calibrated VIne Vigour data products, growers can achieve vine balance, drive vineyard uniformity, and monitor the impact of water, fertilizer, and canopy management decisions with ease and efficiency.

Disease Detection Technology

Grapevine disease can cause catastrophic damage to a vineyard. Using technology based on NASA remote sensing techniques, VineView can detect harmful grapevine diseases like Grapevine Leafroll and Grapevine Yellows (Flavescence Doree), helping growers protect against disease, target resources, and recover lost profits.

Enhanced vegetaion index (EVI).  Our new EVI index (vigor map) is similar to NDVI but has many advantages including improved consistency over time.

Calibrated EVI

RedleafMap- leafroll virus mapping in red varietals.  2013 maps available for much of Napa County.  Please contact us!

Change Analysis -tracks changes from one year to next

Infrared Images

Color Aerial Photography

3D Terrain Analysis - for new vineyard planning

Tablet-compatible geoPDFs

Calibrated Enhanced Vegetation Index (EVI)
Calibrated Enhanced Vegetation Index (EVI)
EVI is a measure of vine vigor and is calculated using the near infrared, red, and blue bands of light. The addition of the blue band helps better correct for the background signal of the soil as well as for atmospheric influences and vigor values in shaded areas. Our calibrated EVI product is based on thorough camera and atmospheric data calibrations, and provides a consistent measurement of vine vigor across soil boundaries
Change Analysis
Change Analysis
VineView provides change analysis maps that allow growers to quantify vigor change from one year to the next.
Infrared Imagery
Infrared Imagery
Although vegetation such as vines or trees appear green, they reflect most of the sun's energy in the infrared part of the spectrum. VineView uses cameras with special filters that allow us to collect data in specific infrared wavelengths. Since plants reflect so highly in the infrared, infrared imagery is important for analyzing variations in vigor, and is essential for vigor classification.
Visible color photography
Visible color photography
Oblique visible color photography of 2013 STOMP event
RedleafMap image showing leafroll infected vines in red.
Aerial Photos
Aerial Photos
Winery marketing photos are great for your tasting room and printed materials
Leafroll spread
Leafroll spread
VineView's fleet gets new home
VineView's fleet gets new home
EVI - The New Vigor Map
EVI - The New Vigor Map
Vigor mapping is nothing new to the wine industry. NDVI imaging has been used by vineyard owners and managers for nearly forty years. Did you know, however, that there are many errors associated with NDVI imaging? That's why scientists at VineView use the EVI, or Enhanced Vegetation Index, for vi
3 Reasons You Should Collect Aerial Imagery Early & Often

Now that you know the difference between NDVI and EVI, and five ways to improve wine quality using VineView’s vine vigor products, it’s time to discuss when you should be collecting this important data, and how often. The right timing and frequency can help maximize the information and insights you gain from your aerial imagery.

Aerial imagery can be such a valuable visual tool throughout the entire course of the growing season, from bud break to harvest. VineView’s suite of precision viticulture data products can be used for pointing out areas of concern in regard to everything from nutrient deficiencies, irrigation and cover crop management, to disease and pest control.

When can I start?

Vigor mapping can begin in the spring (April or May in the Northern Hemisphere, and August or September in the Southern Hemisphere) and continue through until harvest which typically takes place in the fall. To gain the most information and to track how your vineyard management practices are affecting your crop, we recommend multiple flights across the growing season, with the most flights occurring earlier in the season!

Why should I order multiple flights?

One flight at the beginning, middle, or towards the end of the growing season can be helpful and will certainly provide you with some valuable insights into the health of your vineyard, but it’s kind of like just reading one chapter of a book – you certainly don’t get to know the whole story. Here are 3 reasons you should collect aerial imagery multiple times throughout the growing season.

1. To monitor impact of vineyard management practices

Collecting data multiple times across the growing season allows growers to track the progress and evolution of their vineyard and monitor the impact of their vineyard management practices.

Here’s an example of a client who we flew multiple flights for last season. They were able to adjust their applications and efforts to achieve their desired vigor levels by monitoring their vineyard each month and making adjustments according to their results.


Since our data is scientifically calibrated, and can be scaled to an absolute standard, it makes comparing maps between parcels, and over time easy!

2. To detect issues before they spread          

VineView’s aerial imagery and data enables grape growers to spot areas of concern before they become visible to the naked eye (and before they become problems areas) and empowers them to take a pro-active approach.

An area of extremely high vigor might indicate a water leak that needs attention, whereas an area showing very low vigor might be the result of nutrient deficiency or grapevine disease. We also offer disease mapping and are able to scout for grapevine disease 200 times more efficiently than traditional scouting methods. Our technology was even proven to be more accurate at identifying Grapevine Leafroll Disease than experts on the ground in a study with UC Davis.

The best time to scout for grapevine diseases like Grapevine Leafroll Disease is later in the growing season.

3. To make adjustments sooner

There are critical points in the growing season when the fruit is developing and maturing, and the result of this process can dramatically affect the taste, acidity, and overall quality of the grapes produced. Monitoring your vineyard in such an efficient and time effective manor allows you to make decisions quicker to ensure you are optimizing the quality and yield of your vineyard.

To order your aerial imagery and gain valuable data insights for your vineyard, contact us today or visit

News Archive

How does Grapevine Leafroll disease affect grapevines and wine?
04 June, 2018

Grapevine leafroll disease (GLD) is one of the most common and persistent grapevine diseases, present in all grape-growing regions of the world, and affecting up to 50 per cent of vineyards globally.1

It is a viral disease caused by a small insect called the grapevine mealybug, which are known to be carriers of Grapevine leafroll associated Viruses (GLRaVs). The mealybug has a needle-like mouth, perfectly suited to feed on the phloem of a grapevine plant. They can feed on any part of the vine, and excrete a substance known as “honeydew” when feeding.2

RIGHT: Mealybugs, Image source: The Escondido Grapevine

Grapevine leafroll disease is most observable and problematic in cooler climate grape growing regions with the most obvious GLD symptoms appear in the fall – leaf reddening or yellowing, with green venation in red varietals. While symptoms are not as apparent in white varietals, foliar symptoms in both red and white varietals include downward rolling of leaf margins and phloem disruption.34

Merlot vines with (right) and without (left) GLD symptoms, Image source: Impacts of Grapevine Leafroll Disease on Fruit Yield and Grape and Wine Chemistry in a Wine Grape (Vitis vinifera L.) Cultivar5

Grapevine leafroll disease can have devastating impacts on a vineyard, delaying fruit maturity and dramatically reducing fruit quality, pigmentation, vine vigour, and yield.

Grapevines infected with GLD produce wines that are of a dectectably lower quality – poor coloration, aroma and astringency, due to lower alcohol content, fewer polymeric pigments, and lower anthocyanin levels.

It is estimated that vineyards infected with Leafroll are losing up to $40,000 of profits per hectare and are cutting their average 30-year lifespan in half.

Despite various treatments for mealybug like pesticides and the use of natural predators, there is no cure for GLD. If left undetected or uncontrolled, the disease will spread at a rate of 10 per cent each year, and then exponentially after 10-15 per cent of the vineyard is infected. The only solution to stop the spread of infection is to remove and replant infected vines; roguing and replanting can cost a vineyard up to $200,000 USD per hectare, with little yield for almost three years.


SkySquirrel raises $3-million and merges with VineView to become global leader in remote sensing for vineyards
12 January, 2018

SkySquirrel Technologies Inc. and VineView Imaging, leading providers of aerial imaging and crop diagnostics for vineyards, have announced a merger of the two companies. The merger is effective today, and the companies plan to begin integrating operations, customers, global partners and employees immediately.

SkySquirrel, the Canadian-based tech start-up recently closed a $3-million investment round, including a $2-million investment from an Ontario-based private investor and $1-million from Innovacorp, a venture capital organization in Nova Scotia.

The combined company, which will operate under the name VineView, uses drone and airplane-based hyperspectral imagery to provide wine growers with essential information about the health of their grapevines. VineView’s specialized data products allow growers to optimize yields, improve grape quality and reduce damage from environmental factors like grapevine diseases and frost.

The merged company will be headquartered in Halifax, Nova Scotia, with international operations based out of Napa Valley, California, and Toulouse, France; two of the world’s biggest wine markets. SkySquirrel acquired its French partner Avidordrone in late 2017 and is scaling up operations for the 2018 growing season across France.

Richard van der Put, SkySquirrel’s founder and CEO, will remain as CEO of the new combined company, and Dr. Matthew Staid, former president of VineView and a lead scientist on many NASA projects, will serve as the company’s chief scientific officer.

“VineView has provided exceptional services, deep product knowledge and industry expertise to California’s premium wine market for over 15 years,” said van der Put. "We’re excited to leverage their strong IP in disease detection that’s unique to the market place as we expand our capabilities and data products to best serve our customers."

“After working in partnership with Richard and his team for the past few years, we’re excited to officially join forces with SkySquirrel and combine our two companies,” said Dr. Staid from his office in St. Helena, California. “Together we will be able to scale globally and offer our customers enhanced data solutions.”

Van der Put added, “With Matt’s R&D leadership, the talented teams we’ve built, combined with VineView’s strong industry knowledge and our technological expertise, we are confident in our ability to seize the position as global market leader in the vineyard space. This merger will further enhance how we work with our global partners and solidify our ability to meet the needs of our customers."

SkySquirrel works with some of the most prestigious wine brands in the world and VineView has been a market leader in California, one of the world’s largest wine growing regions, for over 15 years. Together, the new VineView, with customers in 12 countries and counting, will continue to drive vineyard technology innovation and provide grape growers with the most accurate and advanced data-insights available.

About SkySquirrel Technologies
Founded in 2012 and based in Halifax, Nova Scotia, SkySquirrel is a data analytics company that is transforming the way vineyard operators monitor grapevine health through highly specialized aerial-based technology, a multispectral camera system, and a cloud-based image processing service. Named one of the country’s most innovative tech companies, SkySquirrel offers grape growers custom data solutions, specifically engineered for the complexities of vineyards.

About VineView Imaging
VineView Imaging provides aerial remote sensing services to agricultural producers and researchers, with a focus on vineyards and high-value crops. Their specialized mapping products reveal the location of stress, disease, soil boundaries, and other variations thereby enabling farm managers to implement precision agriculture practices. VineView has been serving the California and Pacific Northwest agricultural markets since 2002.


Contact information:

Emily Ennett
Marketing & Business Development Manager
VineView | +1.902.442.0742

Accurately Track the Spread of Leafroll Disease Using Aerial Imagery
21 August, 2017

Leafroll Mapping

Leafroll disease, also known as the Grapevine Leafroll Associated Virus, is one of the most widespread and economically damaging plant diseases affecting the wine industry today.  Infected vines produce grapes with lower anthocyanin levels, brix levels, and levels of total soluable solids.  This combination creates wines with lower alcohol content, fewer polymeric pigments, and lower anthocyanin levels, leading to poor color, aroma, and astringency.

Tracking the spead of leafroll is the first step to its management in the vineyard.  Since there is no known cure for leafroll infected vines, they typically need to be removed in order to prevent further spread of the disease.  Having a map showing the location of all leafroll infected vines can be extremely helpful, especially when trying to differentiate between vines with different diseases.  Seeing the "big picture" provided by aerial imagery can also provide clues as to the disease's origin, such as a neighboring vineyard, allowing you to take preventative steps.

VineView imaging performs custom flights for each vineyard to ensure the accuracy of the collected data.  Using hyperspectral imagery, the vines with disease become easily apparent.  These flights are normally accomplished in late September or early October, with timing shifted to maximize accuracy based on plant symptoms.

What better way to accurately track the spread of leafroll disease in your vineyard than with a birds-eye view?  Give us a call, and we will be happy to schedule a flight over your vineyard.  You can also place an order through our website,


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Stunning, High Resolution Aerial Photography from VineView
30 May, 2017

VineView Imaging is known throughout the Napa Valley and beyond as the premier provider of aerial imaging to the wine industry.  Our scientific cameras are able to accurately and reliably detect even small variations in vine vigor, water content, and disease potential.

Did you know, however, that VineView is also able to provide extremely high-resolution natural color aerial photography?  Our newly acquired aerial camera systems allow us to photograph large areas at resolutions that are comparable to what you would receive from a drone-mounted camera.  These stunning images will leave your guests in awe as they admire the vibrant colors and natural beauty of your vineyards from the air.  Conversely, these aerial photographs can also be georeferenced to allow for better development planning.

Whether you are looking for scientifically-calibrated images or stunning aerial photographs, VineView can help you elevate your perspective.

Want to learn more?  Give us a call, or visit our website!

707.965.9663 [office]

When Should You Order Aerial Imagery?
05 April, 2017

Many of our clients come to us with the same question: when should I order a vigor map?  A water content map?  A disease map?  Are there any specific times that will maximize the information that I get from my imagery?

Our answer is always the same: of course!  There are special times of the year that are critical to the plants' life cycle or crop development which should be carefully monitored.  Taking aerial images at the correct time is just as essential as using the correct scientific cameras to capture the data - do it wrong, and you could be wasting the potential of the mapping.

Vigor Mapping (Basic and PureCanopy)

The most common type of aerial imaging, vigor mapping can begin as early as mid-May, but is generally collected between June and September.  We recommend that our clients obtain multiple vigor maps throughout the season, so we offer multi-flight packages that allow our clients to obtain up to four vigor maps per season at a discounted rate.  More than 4 flights in a growing season, however, is unnecessary in the vast majority of cases.

Some aerial imaging companies offer weekly imaging packages, claiming that a weekly snapshot will give you additional information that can help you better track change in your vineyard.  Our research has found, however, that weekly imaging is overkill and that you end up paying more for information you don't really need and can't actually use.  This is because changes in the vineyard cause vigor to change slowly over time.  Weekly data may be nice, but we (and the majority of our clients) believe it to be unnecessary.  If you truly want to track changes in your vineyard over a growing season, we recommend monthly imaging, which would be covered by one of VineView's 4-flight vigor packages.

Some of the most popular times to obtain aerial vigor maps are early in the growing season, veraison (around 50%), and just before harvest.  Often, our clients who only obtain one image do so in late July or early August.  Those who choose multi-flight packages tend to have us fly their property once a month from June to September.

Disease Mapping (Leafroll)

Using specialized scientific hyperspectral cameras allows VineView scientists to detect the presence of leaf roll disease very accurately, but only if the data is collected at the appropriate times.  Anyone who has worked with leaf roll infected vines knows that the leaves begin to turn red late in the growing season.  The important thing to realize is that not only are the leaves turning red, but the invisible spectrum of light being reflected by the leaf is also changing.  Because of this, the best time to collect data for disease mapping (to maximize accuracy) is when the visible symptoms (red leaves) are the most pronounced, as are the invisible symptoms characteristic of leaf roll.  This normally occurs in late September or early October, but can vary among varietals.

Water Content Mapping

Currently, vineyard managers make irrigation decisions based on pressure chamber readings, which are considered to be the gold standard for measurement of actual vine water stress.  In order to obtain accurate dtat, readings are commonly taken pre-dawn.  A pressure chamber reading, however, will not tell you the water stress for the whole vineyard.  Rather, it will give you a reading for one vine.

Until VineView scientists are able to perform multiple studies verifying the positive correlation between our mapping and pressure chamber measurements, we do not recommend tossing out the pressure chambers.  Instead, we suggest that you use this map as a guide to tell you where you should be collecting data using your pressure chambers or other measurments.  For example, our map will tell you which areas tend to have higher water concentrations, and which ones have lower water concentrations.  Getting one to four water content maps per season can take the guesswork out of deciding on the best places to take pressure chamber readings.

When Should I Order?

It's not too early to place an order.  In fact, the best time to place your order is now.  VineView automatically applies a 5% early order discount to all orders placed before the 1st of June.  Ordering now will allow you to save money while simultaneously obtaining peace of mind, knowing that everything is ready for the coming growing season.

Now you know the best dates to request for each type of aerial image.  If you have further questions, contact us and we will be more than happy to help.

Office: 707.965.9663


VineView Releases 2017 Aerial Imaging Packages
17 March, 2017

VineView Imaging is known throughout the Napa Valley and beyond as the premium provider of aerial imaging services to the winegrape industry.  From aerial photography, to vigor mapping, to water stress mapping, to disease mapping - we do it all.

Our mission is to provide extremely accurate, scientifically calibrated data at a reasonable price.  As such, we are releasing a new set of aerial imaging packages, aimed at giving you more data for your dollar.  These packages have been designed to include all of the information you need to make effective changes in the field.  At the same time, they represent the same type of data that our existing clients have been using for years, so our new packages will still allow for continuity of analysis.  Contact us for more information.

Additionally, we have all of our data we have collected over the past decade in our archives, so if you are in search of historical imagery, or would like to track your vineyard's health back a few years, all you have to do is ask!  There is no guarantee that we will have historical data for your property, but if it lies in one of our normal flight areas, the chances are pretty high.

If you are interested in signing up to receive aerial imaging in 2017, the time is now!  We are currently offering a 5% discount off the total list price for all orders placed before June 1.  Give us a call or send us an email; we will be happy to help you find the best package for you!


The Future of Aerial Imagery: PureCanopy(TM) Vigor Mapping
15 February, 2017

Many vineyard owners and managers have been using aerial vigor maps like NDVI's for decades.  The information provided by NDVI vigor maps can be invaluable in determining harvest segmentation, sensor placement, and pruning choices.  Unfortunately, however, NDVI images are usually fraught with errors, which are caused when images are taken at different times of the day, or by soil variations or other factors.  In order to combat these errors, scientists at VineView Imaging opted to start using a new index for vigor mapping, called EVI, or the Enhanced Vegetation Index.  This new algorithm eliminates the errors associated with NDVI, ensuring that growers receive reliable information with every image.

Regular EVI images are great for detecting large patterns within a vineyard, but may not always facilitate easy interpretation of vigor on an individual, plant-by-plant basis.  PureCanopy vigor mapping, on the other hand, has two main advantages.  First, it is collected at a much higher resolution, allowing you to distinguish between individual vines.  Second, whereas regular EVI imaging might pick up vigor variation in the weeds or cover crop growing between the rows, PureCanopy technology allows VineView scientists to spectrally separate the vine canopy from the surrounding soil and cover crop.  This means that the information you receive from a PureCanopy vigor map is the most specific vigor information available for every individual plant.

One of the main benefits of PureCanopy imagery is that it can be used to guide winter pruning operations.  Knowing the vigor level of each individual vine can provide growers with the additional information they need to acheive vine balance.

Our PureCanopy Vigor Mapping Package includes an infrared image, along with both relative and calibrated versions of our PureCanopy EVI.

Have questions?  Visit our website or contact us today for more information!


Relative EVI: A Magnifying Glass for Vigor
16 January, 2017

One of the main goals of vineyard management is the achievement of uniformity of vigor within a block.  While calibrated vigor maps, such as VineView's Calibrated EVI, allow growers to track changes in vine vigor over time, subtle differences in vigor can be hard to distinguish.  That's where the Relative EVI shines.  Instead of mapping vigor to a standardized scale, VineView's Relative EVI maps the vigor relative only to the imaged vineyard.  This exaggerates differences in vigor, such that small differences become plainly obvious.

Vigor information can be useful for harvest segmentation, sampling and pruning guidance, and also as a basic disease detection tool.  That said, the Relative EVI's most useful purpose is to point out small differences in vigor so that growers can work towards uniformity of vigor within a block.

Interested in learning more?  Watch this video on the use of Relative EVI mapping on our website:


Relative EVI: A Magnifying Glass for Vigor
16 January, 2017

One of the main goals of vineyard management is the achievement of uniformity of vigor within a block.  While calibrated vigor maps, such as VineView's Calibrated EVI, allow growers to track changes in vine vigor over time, subtle differences in vigor can be hard to distinguish.  That's where the Relative EVI shines.  Instead of mapping vigor to a standardized scale, VineView's Relative EVI maps the vigor relative only to the imaged vineyard.  This exaggerates differences in vigor, such that small differences become plainly obvious.

Vigor information can be useful for harvest segmentation, sampling and pruning guidance, and also as a basic disease detection tool.  That said, the Relative EVI's most useful purpose is to point out small differences in vigor so that growers can work towards uniformity of vigor within a block.

Interested in learning more?  Watch this video on the use of Relative EVI mapping on our website:


New Video Series from VineView Imaging - "Giving You the Edge"
05 January, 2017


While nothing can replace boots on the ground, technology is becoming more and more mainstream in the wine industry.  The use of aerial imaging to monitor vine vigor is decades old, and yet most aerial imaging companies are using algorithyms that have been shown to consistently produce inaccurate measurements.  VineView's team of scientists have abandoned traditional NDVI imaging in favor of the "Enhanced Vegetation Index," or EVI.  This index provides the same vigor information, yet eliminates the errors associated with NDVI.

For more information, watch our first video of our new series: "Giving You the Edge."  The remaining three videos can be found on our website:


How to Avoid Common Errors Associated with Aerial Vigor Mapping
12 December, 2016

The use of aerial imaging to measure vine vigor is nothing new in the wine industry. In fact, most vineyard owners and managers currently utilize some form of vigor mapping in their vineyards to aid their decision making. Long considered the industry standard, the most common measure of vine vigor has been theNormalized Difference Vegetation Index, orNDVI. 

What many do not know, however, is that NDVI was not originally designed to measure plant vigor. Instead, it was designed simply to detect living vegetation and distinguish it from other matter, like rocks, soil, or dead vegetation. It was not until the Mondavi Project of 1992 that scientists began to correlate NDVI imaging with vine vigor.

As an index, NDVI is fraught with potential errors and inaccuracies. One of the main factors that affects the results of NDVI analysis is the solar incidence angle, or simply put, the angle at which the sun strikes the leaves. Since the earth is constantly rotating, and in motion around the sun, the solar incidence angle is continuously changing. Therefore, there is no way to ensure that the data you receive is accurate. There is no way to set the data relative to a standard, since the results change dramatically during a single day (see for examples). Shadows and soil variations also have a large impact on NDVI results, which can skew the data away from an accurate representation of actual vine conditions.

Using new algorithms and additional wavelengths of light, scientists at VineView Imaging are able to eliminate these errors and inaccuracies. We provide an improvedEnhanced Vegetation Index, orEVI, that allows vineyard owners and managers to accurately compare data and track change in vine vigor over time.

Aerial imaging is an important tool that, when analyzed and acted upon appropriately, can dramatically improve the quality of the grapes produced in your vineyard. If you’re currently using VineView for your aerial imaging needs, you can rest assured that the data you receive is always accurate and dependable, as we have been providing EVI imaging for more than half a decade. 

If you are currently using NDVI imaging to analyze vine vigor in your field and want to learn more about EVI vigor mapping, we would be happy to provide you with additional information! Visit our website,, or you can contact us directly by either calling our office at (707) 965-9663 or sending us an email, which is checked regularly.

Order you leafroll maps TODAY!
12 September, 2016

As fall approaches, signs of virus are showing up.
Now is the time to get it mapped so you can take action over the winter. 


  • Quantify infection rate
  • Track diretion and rate of spread
  • Identify vines for removal
  • Segregate harvest
  • Purchase and lease decisions

How to Start Using Drones in Your Vineyard Today!
06 September, 2016

Everyone agrees that drones will play a major role in the future of agricultural imaging.  Recently passed legislation from the Federal Aviation Administration is making the future a reality.  With the appropriate specialized scientific cameras installed, drones will provide more information to vineyard owners and managers than ever before.  So how can you utilize drone technology in your vineyard today?

In order to better serve your needs, VineView and its drone partner SkySquirrel Technologies are offering turn-key drone systems and drone flight service through Hawk Aerial.  This team brings unparalleled experience to provide growers with the most cutting-edge imaging technology available.  You can rest assured that you will receive the high quality imagery VineView is known for from this exciting new platform.  

The types of imagery currently available for drone-based flights include:

So what are you waiting for?  You can order VineView's drone-based imaging services today by contacting Kevin at Hawk Aerial (; 425-218-3723), or by emailing us at  For more information on different types of imaging and their respective benefits, visit VineView's website,

VineView Goes to South America
08 July, 2016

Last month, VineView owner Dr. Matthew Staid and pilot Bryan Soderblom traveled to South America to present at multiple conferences dealing with hyper-spectral imaging.  Due to Dr. Staid's years of experience in remote sensing technologies, he quickly was recognized as the scientific voice behind the conference.  Sharing VineView's expertise, Staid and Soderblom presented at conferences held in Bogota, Colombia; Buenos Aires, Argentina; and Santiago de Chile, Chile.  Attendees represented many different fields, but each was a significant player in the South American market.  They included the leaders of several federations, including the coffee bean federation, the palm olive federation, and the soybean federation, as well as the military and mining companies.


Dr. Staid spent a significant amount of time discussing the science behind hyper-spectral aerial imaging.  As a NASA scientist who has dedicated his life to the practical application of remote imaging, he is nothing less than a true expert in his field.  His input to the conference was tremendous, giving weight to the other presentations' material through his expertise.


Another presenter was David Bannon, CEO for Headwall Photonics.  Headwall is one of the largest and most advanced manufacturers of hyper-spectral cameras in the world.  Yet another presenter was Rodrigo Arbat, the Director of Interra, an aerial imaging company in South America, presented on the use of LIDAR (Light Detection and Ranging) for several applications.  Finally, Robert of Leica Geosystems presented on the use of drones for aerial imaging purposes.


Overall, the meetings were quite informative, and left attendees with many new ideas for how hyper-spectral imaging can be utilized in each of their respective fields.


Premier supplier of precision aerial imaging to grape growers
07 March, 2016

VineView has been the premier supplier of precision aerial imaging to grape growers in California's North and Central coasts. VineView has five employees currently serving California, Oregon and Washington vineyards. Imaging products include vigor and disease mapping, water stress mapping and aerial photography. Customers are individual vineyard owners, vineyard management companies, large multivineyard operations and publicly traded companies. VineView also serves fruit and nut tree growers in the Central Valley. Read the article in North Bay Business Journal.

VineView receives Vineyard Technology Award
13 November, 2015

VineView receives Vineyard Technology Award by the North Bay Business Journal for their aerial leafroll mapping product. 

The honorees will be recognized at a reception Tuesday, December 1 at the Hyatt Vineyard Creek in Santa Rosa from 4 to 6:30 p.m

It's not too late to order leafroll maps.
25 September, 2015

Leafroll virus symptoms are showing up a bit late this year.  That means it's not too late to have your red varietal vineyards flown and mapped!  Contact VineView to get on the schedule.

VineView's leafroll mapping technology featured in Vineyard and Winery Management
03 September, 2015

VineView’s Leafroll Mapping technology is featured in the current issue of Vineyard and Winery Management: “Detecting Grapevine Leafroll from the Air” by James Giese.

Click here to view full article.

VineView is proud to offer aerial leafroll mapping services to clients throughout California.  Contact us to discuss your mapping needs.

Due to the popularity of this new service, we have also made plans to offer aerial leafroll mapping to premium grape growing regions worldwide through our partnership with SkySquirrel Technologies (SST).  Together with SST, VineView is adapting its proprietary leafroll mapping technology for use on drones (UAVs) developed by SST.  Stay tuned.

Fostering a sense of place through Aerial Photographs.
21 May, 2015

Fostering a "sense of place" is one of the best ways to develop brand loyalty with your customers. 

  • An Aerial Photo of your property makes a great starting point for vineyard and winery tours. 
  • Tasting room associates can use an Aerial Photo to connect vineyard-designated and estate wines with vineyard locations and block layout using powerful visuals.
  • Aerial photos make a great backdrop for websites and other marketing materials.

Now is a great time to order aerial photography.  Contact VineView to schedule your custom session while the valley is still green!

New study highlights the economic impact of leafroll virus
17 April, 2015

We recently came across a great article about Grapevine Leafroll Disease: 

"Grapevine Leafroll Disease (GLRD) is a devastating viral infection that can affect grapevines in all regions.

Recently, researchers at Cornell University, including Miguel Gómez and Katie Ricketts, conducted an economic analysis in the Napa, Sonoma, and northern San Joaquin Valley grape-growing regions to determine the economic losses caused by leafroll disease, as well as the best control strategies to minimize losses.

Survey data was collected from vineyard managers throughout California’s grape-growing regions with a focus on GLRD’s impact, specifically on Cabernet Sauvignon. The researchers looked at cost-minimizing management strategies under various disease levels, as well as price penalties, timing of disease onset relative to vineyard age, yield losses and control costs".

To read the full article, click here

Contact VineView for hyperspectral leafroll mapping.

Complete and utter brilliance in the vineyard
06 January, 2015

VineView's drone venture featured in Drink Me Magazine. 

"What happens when you mix two forms of technological genius? In this case, complete and utter brilliance. When Vineview (a remote sensing company) and... Read the rest of the story HERE.


VineView moves to new offices
01 December, 2014

VineView has leased 5500 sqft of office and hangar space at the Angwin Airport!

Angwin-Parrett Field
Hangar 13
Airport Way
Angwin, CA

VineView and SkySquirrel Debut Drone at Rootstock
12 November, 2014

St. Helena, Napa Valley and Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada, November 2014 —- VineView-SAI, Inc., a St. Helena-based remote sensing company established in 1999, is partnering with SkySquirrel Technologies Inc. (SST), a commercial Unmanned Aerial System (drone) company based in Nova Scotia, Canada. VineView and SkySquirrel will be displaying their Aqweo (*) agricultural drone at The Concept Bar at Rootstock, the Napa Valley Grape Growers’ trade exhibition taking place on November 13, 2014 from 8:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. at the Napa Exposition Fairgrounds (575 Third Street, Napa 94558). More information at VineView is contributing its 15 years of experience in remote sensing of vineyards and other high value crops to the development of a fully integrated drone system for high resolution imaging of vineyards, citrus and nut crops.  “Partnering with SST allows us to bring the technologies we’ve developed to new markets as well as provide additional options for our current customers,” said Matt Staid, Ph.D., President of VineView.  “Canada has been a leader in supporting the commercial use and testing of unmanned aircraft, allowing us to start using this new platform sooner than would otherwise be possible.”

SST has been developing and testing its robust, portable, commercial drone system for the past 2 1/2 years.   “What we see missing in the current drone marketplace is a commercial-grade UAS delivering a turn-key aerial imaging solution for growers,” said SST CEO and co-founder, Tim Stekkinger.  Other manufacturers are focusing on the drone itself, whereas the Aqweo delivers a complete GPS-guided system, including customized onboard imaging equipment which allows for crop-specific imaging.  “This breakthrough product will allow the user to collect accurate, consistent measurements of crop conditions and upload them to a cloud environment for automatic data processing. The resulting maps will go far beyond basic vigor mapping and can be viewed in the field from a tablet device,” explains Stekkinger. “The partnership with VineView allows us to offer calibrated aerial imaging data, which is of much higher quality than anything on the market today.”

The system will become available in Europe, Canada and South America early next year; availability in the U.S. depends on FAA restrictions currently under review.

Based in St. Helena, VineView has been providing remote sensing services to the wine-grape industry in California, Oregon and Washington since 2002.  VineView uses state of the art equipment and image processing techniques to deliver high-quality imaging products from multispectral and hyperspectral systems. In addition to calibrated vigor maps and infrared images, VineView also offers RedleafMap™ (leafroll and redblotch mapping) and has developed H2OstressMap (water stress mapping).  Aerial images are a valuable tool for many aspects of vineyard management and can help growers improve grape quality, identify disease, save time and resources and reduce the environmental impacts of farming. More information at

Based in Nova Scotia, SkySquirrel Technologies Inc. develops drone-based technology for monitoring crop health, with a primary focus on improving crop yields and reducing costs at commercial vineyards. It offers an effective way to optimize agricultural inspection and field monitoring operations. The company was founded in May 2012. Based in Canada, it also has a presence in Switzerland and California. More at .

Are you seeing RED?
05 September, 2014

As fall approaches, signs of virus are showing up.
Now is the time to get it mapped so you can take action over the winter. 


  • Quantify infection rate
  • Track diretion and rate of spread
  • Identify vines for removal
  • Segregate harvest
  • Purchase and lease decisions

VineView acquires new aircraft
02 September, 2014

VineView has purchased a second airplane to expand our service offerings and territory.  Our new Cessna 172 is perfectly suited to aerial photography as it can fly low and slow!

Cessna 172

Harvest is approching!
01 August, 2014

 Plan your harvest using our maps!  There is still time to order EVI (Vigor) maps to help with harvest planning.  VineView has flight dates available for late August and September.  Sometimes we can even squeeze you in the next day! Getting on our schedule is easy.  We do all the time-consuming work of locating your property and making shapefiles. Contact Melissa 707-967-8707 or


Do you know where that leafroll virus is coming from?
04 June, 2014

Do you know where that leafroll virus is coming from?


A Redleaf map can help you track and limit the spread of leafroll.  Rouging infected vines has been shown to limit the spread of leafroll virus to <1% per year versus up to 10% for no control measures. 

In addition to certified clean planting stock, control strategies include mealybug monitoring, strict sanitary procedures to limit the spread of mealybugs, neighbor grower groups to coordinate insect control and rouging infected vines.

A thorough discussion is contained in the review article:
Almeida, et al., Ecology and management of grapevine leafroll disease, Frontiers in Microbiology, April 2013.

VineView to present at SCVTG meeting. 1.0 DPR hrs.
28 May, 2014

Matt Staid will be presenting at the Sonoma County Vineyard Technical Group (CVTG) June 19.  Topics to be covered include leafroll mapping, hyperspectral imaging, vigor mapping, including the new enhanced vegetation index (EVI). 1.0 DPR credits available.  To join this group, go to

Get on our 2014 imaging schedule now.
23 April, 2014

VineView is now taking orders for 2014 EVI vigor mapping.  Call or email to get on our schedule.

High resolution aerial photos make a great addition to your tasting room and marketing materials.  Contact us to learn more.Winery marketing photo

Leafroll Virus Mapping
10 March, 2014

RedleafMap showing leafroll infected vines

2013 Leafroll Virus maps of red varietals are currrently available for Napa Valley. Historical vigor maps (NDVI/EVI) are available as well. Please contact us.





Please contact us for an accurate quote based on product, location and acreage. You may visit our website to use a google earth-linked tool to outline your property, or send a shapefile, address, or ranch map. Visit click "contact us" on the left.

Our customers range from small growers with <10 acres to large vineyard manangement companies farming thousands of acres. In addition to vineyards, we provide images to nut tree, citrus, cotton, rice, vegetable growers and research groups. Virtually any size operation can benefit from aerial mapping.

VineView provides imaging service to >500 vineyard and other agricultural operations annually. Below please find a sample listing of customers.

Select customers:

Araujo Estate
Clos Du Val

Cakebread Cellars
Dominus Estate

Kistler Vineyards
Moulds Family Vineyard
Napa Valley Grapegrowers
Sangiacomo Family Vineyards
Silverado Farming Company
Walsh Vineyards Management

UC Davis
Applied Physics Lab (Johns Hopkins University)

" "We have years of working with VineView-Scientific Aerial Imaging, I would not recommend using a different service. Qualified, dedicated, and forward thinking sums it up." Towle Merritt "
- Towle Merritt, Walsh Vineyards Management
Title Name Email Phone
Melissa Staid (707) 967-8707
Matt Staid 707-967-8707