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.
Zinfandel Heritage Vineyard
An important component of the Department's Oakville Experimental station in the Napa Valley is The Zinfandel Heritage Vineyard. Described as a "vibrant museum of the zinfandel grape," the vineyard is an unprecedented collection of rare Zinfandel vine cuttings from all over California. Established in 1989 by a research team consisting of UC Davis' Prof. James Wolpert (Chair, Department of Viticulture and Enology), UC Extension Viticulturist Emeritus Amand Kasimatis and UC Extension Farm Advisors Ed Weber (Napa County), Rhonda Smith (Sonoma County), Glenn McGourty (Mendocino and Lake Counties), Donna Hirschfelt (Amador and El Dorado Counties), and Paul Verdegaal (San Joaquin County). The one-acre vineyard includes a total of 90 selections ...
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