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 UCD vineyard is located 1 mile to the west of the UC Davis main campus. It is used as an instructional resource for several department classes. It is also used as a research facility for the study of trellising, pruning, cultivating, and other viticultural practices.
The teaching vineyard is also the home of the Winkler Vine, a massive example of the Mission cultivar. Planted in 1979, it spans over 1/12 acre and has produced upwards of 1.5 tons of fruit per year.