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.
Ron & Diane Miller
Ron and Diane Miller purchased land in the Stags Leap District in the early 1970's and promptly began growing quality grapes. In 1981 they broke ground on their own winery construction project and decided to produce the best wines at the fairest price. The Silverado Vineyard philosphy is dedicated to letting the wines express the character of the grapes grown on the property-be it Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Merlot, Sangiovese, or Cabernet Sauvignon.
The Millers are long time supporters of the department and its research endeavors.