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.
Graduates of this Department hold a significant number of technical positions in the California and United States grape and wine industries. Many international students have returned to their countries to take up key positions within the grape and wine industries or at universities. Enologists may find positions as cellar workers, lab technicians, winemakers, wine consultants, wine critics, fermentation researchers or managers in wineries and other wine-related businesses, such as cooperages, distribution and retail businesses. Viticulturists may find positions as field workers, vineyard managers, crop researchers, pest control advisers, grower relations consultants, fruit negociants, or agricultural loan officers in vineyards and cro...