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.
UC Davis is one of the few universities in the world that owns a vineyard in a premium winegrowing region. The Oakville Experimental Vineyard, located in the Napa Valley, provides the Department with 40 acres of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Petite Sirah, Syrah, and Zinfandel vines where experiments aimed at improving viticultural practices are conducted. The Oakville site is also home to The Zinfandel Heritage Vineyard, an unusual and unprecedented collection of rare 'old-vine' Zinfandel cuttings from all over California.
Much of the research conducted at the Oakville Experimental Vineyard is designed to understand the influence and interaction of field practic...
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