American Journal of Applied Sciences

The Cost Advantage of Sicilian Wine Farms

Salvatore Tudisca, Anna Maria Di Trapani, Filippo Sgroi and Riccardo Testa

DOI : 10.3844/ajassp.2013.1529.1536

American Journal of Applied Sciences

Volume 10, Issue 12

Pages 1529-1536

Abstract

This study presents the results of research carried out on a Sicilian wine farm in order to demonstrate the economic convenience of the mechanized harvest. After the determination of the minimum optimal farm size that justifies the introduction of grape harvester in the farm, it has been estimated production cost and the relative profitability of two wine grape cultivars (Chardonnay and Nero d’Avola), comparing three hypotheses of harvest: manual, with farm property grape harvester and with rented grape harvester. The economic analysis shows that the introduction of the grape harvester in the wine farm is justified in large sized farms. However, even in small farms the use of rented grape harvester decreases the harvest costs, increasing profit and achieving a cost advantage for the wine-producer farm.

Copyright

© 2013 Salvatore Tudisca, Anna Maria Di Trapani, Filippo Sgroi and Riccardo Testa. This is an open access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.