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The Geography of Wine Discussed April 10

BOONE–Warren Anderson has helped the Robert Mondavi company use technology to find the best land for developing new vineyards. The Appalachian State University geography graduate uses computers, satellite imagery and geographic databases to make recommendations about land acquisition.

Anderson will discuss the geography of the Mondavi estates and wineries worldwide during a presentation April 10 at 7 p.m. in Room 370 Rankin Science Building. The public is invited to his presentation.

Through the use of GIS, a sophisticated mapping system, data about soil, climate, water availability and other factors can be analyzed to optimize decision making, according to geography professor Neal Lineback.

After graduation, Anderson began work for a wine distributor in Charlotte. He used his mapping knowledge to create a streamlined delivery route. Soon, he was asked to do the same for other drivers in the company.

In 1996 Mondavi hired Anderson to work with distribution in the company’s New England region. He now is regional manger for northern New England.