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.
Dennis & Judith Groth
Dennis and Judy Groth had been married for twenty years when they bought “the farm”-a vineyard, farmhouse, and a barn on 121 acres called Oakcross Vineyards. Dennis had worked up to become a partner at Arthur Young & Company, one of the key architects of Atari; when Atari was sold in 1984, the Groth’s moved their family to Napa and have enjoyed making fine wines ever since. The Groth’s claim to have begun as serious wine consumers rather than grape farmers, and it was their love for Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignons that encouraged them to try producing a quality wine.