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.
Davis resident Wendell Jacob is the son of former V&E Faculty member, Harry E. Jacob. Harry E. Jacob was a UC Davis faculty member from 1921 until his death in 1949. The elder Jacob was one of the early faculty members, who worked in the department when it was still part of the Berkeley campus. Wendell was a young man of 20 when his father passed away; yet over the years, he met many grape growers who came to his father for advice. The younger Jacob has been a staunch supporter of the department his father loved so well; he has given to the research facility at Oakville that bears his father’s name and the heritage vineyard that will be planted near the new academic b...