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.
Projects at the UC Davis Oakville Vineyard
The Robert J. Barone Laboratory helps to make our research projects possible.
In 2003, the Robert J. Barone Laboratory was utilized by Felipe Laurie, a viticulture and enology Ph.D. candidate, in a cooperative project with Harlan Winery. The team's goal was to assess the evolution of winegrape phenolic compounds during ripening. Winemakers have traditionally looked at sugar content and acid profiles, known as primary metabolites, as the key quantifiable parameters determining winegrape maturity. However, the emphasis has shifted to closer examination of secondary metabolites, such as phenolic and flavor compounds, as mor...