ArcGIS Collector

Collect and Manage Vineyard Data

Viticulture, or the cultivation and harvest of grapes, is perhaps the most geographically expressive agriculture industry. Using our viticulture templates, a burgeoning vineyard manager can quickly undertake the collection and management of data related to their vineyard practice.

Let’s go through a step-by-step workflow for creating a feature layer from the vineyard management template. In this example, we’ll create a feature layer for capturing vineyards, blocks, and sub block locations along with the associated vineyard harvest and maturity data in related tables.

Create a feature layer using a template

Step 1:  Sign in to ArcGIS Online with your ArcGIS account and go to the Content page.

You’ll need privileges to publish hosted feature layers. If you don’t have these privileges, contact your administrator or join the Learn ArcGIS organization for a free 60-day membership.

Step 2:  From the My Content tab, click Create, and select Feature Layer from the drop-down list.

Step 3: Click Agriculture, choose the Vineyard Management template, and click Create.

Vineyard Management selected from Agriculture template list

Step 4: Include the four default layers and click Next.

Default layers included in new layer

Step 5: Set the map extent to your area of interest by panning and zooming or typing in the exact coordinates.

Extent set by pan and zoom or entering coordinates

Step 6: Set the item properties of the feature layer including a title and tags. By choosing meaningful tags, your feature layer will be more discoverable to those who have access to the layer, thus enabling easy search and discovery. A summary, though optional, can provide additional context. Click Done to publish your layer.

Item properties of the feature layer

Your new feature layer is published with the appropriate related tables.

You want to use the layer to collect data with Collector for ArcGIS so you’ll set a few editing properties on the layer and add it to a map.

Completed vineyard model

Step 7: In the item details under Settings,ensure your new feature layer is editable by selecting the appropriate options for field data collection. You can choose to monitor or keep track of created and updated features as well as who can see or edit features.

Editing options for feature layer

Step 8: To add a new field to your layer, click Data, Fields, and click + Add.

New field added to feature layer

Step 9: Click a field to open the details and edit the domain list. In the example below, we have chosen to examine the Blocks layer and edit the ‘Variety’ field. Click Save to finish.

Blocks layer with new variety field

Our vineyard management template is ready for use.  A vineyard manager can use the layer with Collector for ArcGIS to map a new vineyard boundary, blocks, or sub blocks. The associated related tables can be used to collect vineyard maturity data for a block or sub block.

Create a map

To use Collector for ArcGIS, our new vineyard management layer must be added to a map. Here’s how:

Step 1: From My Content , click View item details for your new feature layer.

Step 2: From the overview tab, click Open in Map Viewer and choose Add to New Map.

Step 3: Save your new map and share it with your vineyard manager. For example, you can share it to a group and invite the manager to join the group.

Step 4: Have your manager sign in to Collector, find your map, and begin collecting data.


Once you’ve created your map, you’re ready to start collecting data. Below are a few examples of how you can use your vineyard management collector map.

Map a new vineyard block and edit its attributes accordingly.

Sub block details in collector map

Assess your results by editing, copying, or deleting as necessary.

Results in collector map

View bookmarks, get directions, or use the compass feature for direction and orientation.

Tools and directions in collector map

Measure vineyards blocks or even take photos.

Measure and photo options in collector map

Feature layer templates provide new and traditional GIS users with the tools and means to collect new data or edit existing data while maintaining data integrity. A vineyard owner or manager can map new and existing vineyards or blocks, monitor harvest activities, or use the template as a foundation toward a vineyard management system.

Using configurable web apps like Operations Dashboard, the same template can be used to hydrate other ArcGIS applications.


Vineyard template in dashboard

More information

Publish hosted feature layers from a template

Create and share a map for data collection

GIS for Agriculture



About the author

Elvis Takow is a solution engineer in the natural resources sector of Esri. His responsibilities involve proactively crafting and proposing solutions that clarify how GIS brings business value to the critical challenges faced by customers in their day to day work endeavors. Elvis has a PhD in Ecosystem Science & Management with an emphasis in GIS. His background involves research and development in landscape ecology and viticulture, with specific interests in spatial data analysis and the customization of GIS applications for problem solving especially in ecologically based systems.


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