Overview of innovation

PhenoLAB is an online web-based analyses platform and database for wine producers. PhenoLAB incorporates highly accurate, extensive and robust analyses methods based on absorbency values for determining tannins, colour density, anthocyanins and total phenolics levels in grapes, fermenting must and red wines. Wine producers will be able to use and compare the phenolics analyses obtained on the platform to the PhenoLAB database, which assists producers in decision-making, such as when to harvest their grapes, when to press during alcoholic fermentation as well as the phenolic and colour profiles of their completed wines. This can have significant positive effects on certain decisions in red wine production as well as give winemakers a better idea on how their wines compare with other SA red wines.

Type of Intellectual Property protection
Know how
Trade secret
Innovation Opportunity Type
Agriculture, forestry and fishing
Post-Harvest Technologies
​Information and communication
Electronic/Software Integration
Professional, scientific and technical activities
Technology Readiness Level
TRL 5 – Prototype tested in a controlled environment
Website link

phenolab.co.za (under construction)