In 2002 Gerard Besamusca identified the need for a system that gathered all the relevant data for a vineyard and allowed an overview of exactly what was going on to make more informed recommendations for his clients.
He appointed his daughter Mirjam who had previously worked at Hill Laboratories as a developer to build a solution to this problem. With a science degree in Information Systems she was ideally suited to set up the database and desktop application to collate, and effectively output, all the information that was being collected.
As the platform became a reality over the next couple of years and Gerard began using the resulting graphs in reports, it quickly became apparent that the clients themselves were keen to interact with the data. It was obvious how much extra value was created once all the information was collated in the one platform.
In 2004 Gerard's son Joris was brought on board and was tasked with creating a cloud based visual tool for presenting and sharing results with growers, viticulturists and consultants. Integrape was born.
After a decade of use by Gerard's dozens of viticulture clients, the database had amassed over 50,000 samples and became an indispensible tool to many. The decision was made to break Integrape away from Gerard's consultancy, and realise it's true potential as a standalone product.
In 2018 after researching the leading-edge platforms and technologies available, Integrape was rebuilt from the ground up as a GIS based system, enabling integration with a range of the latest data including multispectral satellite and drone imagery, in the field sampling apps and remote sensing as well as information from Government agencies.
With more data options in the pipeline and a constantly improved geospatial component, Integrape looks set to be the go-to Vineyard diagnostic tool for truly grasping the nutritional health of the vineyard.