Viticulture - n. : the cultivation or culture of grapes
Enology - n. :a science that deals with wine and wine making
The V&E Department combines the sciences of viticulture and enology in a single research and teaching unit that encompasses all of the scientific disciplines that impact grape growing and winemaking. For over one hundred years the University of California has maintained an active and productive program in research and education in viticulture and enology. The continuing excellence of the Department has enabled California growers and vintners to develop practices that have allowed the Golden State to achieve its potential and become a premier wine-producing region.
The Winkler Vine
The Winkler Vine, a majestic testament to the California Mission Grape resides in the Department of Viticulture and Enology vineyards near the UCD airport. The Department Vineyards are used for teaching future enologists and viticulturists how to grow grapes, and is used to house grape breeding and research projects. The Winkler Vine was planted in 1979 on St. George rootstock, and was named in honor of the late Albert J. Winkler, Chair of the Department of Viticulture and Enology from 1935-1957. Dr. Winkler provided major historical research on trellis arrangement, canopy management, pruning practices, and variety evaluation. The Mission Grape has enormous historical importance for the State of California; for it was the first V...