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.
D.R. Bennion Memorial Fellowship
David R. Bennion was a research scientist at Stanford Research Institute along with his Ridge Vineyards co-founders, Hewitt Crane, Charles Rosen, and Howard Zeidler. He made wine from their grapes from 1959-1970; it was in 1967 that Bennion left research to pursue his passion as a winemaker on a full time basis. Ridge Vineyards placed fifth at the 1976 Judgement of Paris wine tasting. On the 30th anniversary, a retesting was held. In this blind tasting, the US and UK judges ranked Ridge Monte Bello number one among all the wines tasted. Bennion spearheaded the drive to have the Santa Cruz Mountains declared an appellation. He was instrumental in bringing the Zinfandel grape to prominence in California by searchin...