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The Cost Advantage of Sicilian Wine Farms

Salvatore Tudisca1, Anna Maria Di Trapani1, Filippo Sgroi1 and Riccardo Testa1
  • 1 Department of Agricultural and Forestry Sciences, Faculty of Agriculture, University of Palermo, Italy


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.

American Journal of Applied Sciences
Volume 10 No. 12, 2013, 1529-1536


Submitted On: 16 September 2013 Published On: 18 October 2013

How to Cite: Tudisca, S., Trapani, A. M. D., Sgroi, F. & Testa, R. (2013). The Cost Advantage of Sicilian Wine Farms. American Journal of Applied Sciences, 10(12), 1529-1536.

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  • Minimum Optimal Farm Size
  • Production Cost
  • Profitability