Wickson Hall in Spring



One of the major objectives of the Robert Mondavi Institute for Wine and Food Science was to provide new facilities for the department of Viticulture and Enology who had been
housed in Wickson Hall since 1958.

The Robert Mondavi Institute consists of a complex of five buildings. The academic buildings (three separate structures) encompass approximately 131,000 gross square feet, including 75,000 square feet for classrooms, laboratories, offices and meeting rooms. The north and south wings will house, the departments of Viticulture and Enology and Food Science and Technology. A third building is a state-of- the-art sensory facility.

The Robert Mondavi Institute for Wine and Food Science will be located just off Interstate 80 between Sacramento and San Francisco at the front door of the UC Davis campus.

* Enology Building and Cellar

Built in 1939, the Enology Building and Cellar serve as the primary hands-on teaching space for the Department's students. The Cellar holds over 70,000 bottles of wine and includes wines made by the Department each vintage as well as wines donated by wineries and private collectors.

* Pilot Winery

The Pilot Winery allows the Department's students to learn how to operate commercial-scale winery equipment as well as practice the latest winemaking techniques and procedures.

* Department of Viticulture and Enology maintains two research vineyards. One is located in west Davis, it is used as the teaching vineyard for the VEN 101A,B,C classes and for other research. The second is the experimental vineyard located in the Oakville area of Napa Valley.

- UC Davis Vineyards and Field House

The UC Davis Vineyards west of the main UC Davis campus provide the students and faculty with 120 acres of high-quality wine grapes and table grapes while the Field House furnishes teaching space for viticulture classes.

- Harry E. Jacob Research Facility and Oakville Experimental Vineyards

The 40-acre vineyard and Oakville Experimental Station in the Napa Valley allows the Department to conduct research in growing conditions similar to those experienced by many of California's premium wineries.

* Kearney Agricultural Center (KAC)

South of Fresno in California's San Joaquin Valley, the Kearney Agricultural Center allows UC Davis faculty, students, and Extension Specialists to conduct wine, raisin and table grape research in the field and in on-site laboratory facilities.