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.
Nathan Fay Graduate Fellowship
An adventurer by heart, Nathan Fay grew up in Piedmont, California. He was pursuing a mining degree from Michigan Tech when he was offered the opportunity to do construction in Los Angeles in 1932. At the height of the Depression, he travel west again on his Indian motorcycle. World War II found Fay serving in Europe; he did a bit of of everything during his post war years before coming to the Napa Valley to sell International Harvester farm equipment. His love for the outdoors pulled him to consider farming and it was his interest in wine and wine grapes that induced him to buy 205 acres of fallow pastureland called Stags Leap Palisades. Against the advice of more educated opinions, Fay held fast to his desire to grow quality Ca...