Alumni Celebration 2021

Alumni Celebration

Event Date

UC Davis Conference Center

The Department of Viticulture and Enology presents
an Alumni Celebration

To celebrate its 140th anniversary, the Department of Viticulture and Enology at UC Davis is hosting a homecoming! Register today for the Alumni Celebration. You won't want to miss this informative program, the chance to see old friends, and an opportunity to expand your network. We are planning a fun, information-packed day.


Program highlights include:

  • The impact of the Department on the California and global wine industries
  • The "State of the Industry" with Jon Moramarco, Alumnus and Managing Partner, BW166
  • A panel discussion covering the breadth of our alumni's experiences and the value of their UC Davis education
  • Explore the exciting future of the Department with our newest faculty
  • Enjoy lunch with old friends and take the opportunity to chat with current students
  • A Poster Session with the latest research results from the Department and the chance to reconnect or connect with faculty
  • Tours of our world-class facilities
  • Breakfast and Lunch will be provided.  Email us at, if you'd like to help us connect to alumni.


Activity Location
8:00 AM Registration/Continental Breakfast  
9:00 AM

Welcome/Historic Impact of the Department

  • David BlockProfessor and Marvin Sands Department Chair, Department of Viticulture and Enology, UC Davis
Ballroom ABC, UC Davis Conference Center
9:30 AM State of the Industry Address
  • Jon Moramarco, Managing Partner, BW 166, LLC
Ballroom ABC, UC Davis Conference Center
10:00 AM

Alumni Winemaker Panel with Tasting

  • Moderator: MaryAnn Worobeic, Senior Editor, Wine Spectator
  • Nick Dokoozlian, Vice President, Winegrowing ResearchGallo
  • Helen Keplinger, Owner & Winemaker, Keplinger Wines
  • Rebekah Wineburg, Winemaker, Quintessa
  • Martha Stoumen, Owner, Martha Stoumen Wines
Ballroom ABC, UC Davis Conference Center
10:45 AM BREAK  
11:00 AM

Diversity: fueling the future of fermentation using wild, designed, and yet to be discovered yeasts.

  • Ben Montpetit, Associate Professor, Department of Viticulture and Enology, UC Davis
Ballroom ABC, UC Davis Conference Center
11:15 AM

More Sustainable Winemaking: Recent Progress and Future Vision

  • Ron RunnebaumAssistant Professor, Department of Viticulture and Enology, UC Davis
Ballroom ABC, UC Davis Conference Center
11:30 AM

Climate extremes and the future of viticulture and wine

Ballroom ABC, UC Davis Conference Center
11:45 AM

Designing stress-tolerant grapevines

  • Megan Bartlett, Assistant Professor, Department of Viticulture and Enology, UC Davis
Ballroom ABC, UC Davis Conference Center
12:00 PM AI-Enabled Yield Estimation in Vineyards
  • Mason EarlesAssistant Professor, Department of Viticulture and Enology and Biological and Agricultural Engineering, UC Davis
Ballroom ABC, UC Davis Conference Center
12:15 PM Lunch UC Davis Conference Center
  Tours of Winery and Vineyard Robert Mondavi Institute for Wine and Food Science
  Poster Session Ballroom A and Lobby, UC Davis Conference Center
  Decade Reunion Tables in Conference Rooms A&B Conference Rooms A&B, UC Davis Conference Center
  Faculty Discussions
1:45-2:30 PM: Working towards sustainability in the wine industry
  • Anita Oberholster, Associate Cooperative Extension Specialist, Enology, Department of Viticulture and Enology, UC Davis

2:30-3:15 PM: Teetering on the edge of applied and fundamental science at Oakville Station

  • Kaan KurturalAssociate Cooperative Extension Specialist, Viticulture, Department of Viticulture and Enology, UC Davis

3:15-4:00 PM: Heat, drought, and pests: Genetics and the future of viticulture

  • Dario Cantu, Professor, Department of Viticulture and Enology, UC Davis
Ballroom BC, UC Davis Conference Center

Registration Information

  • General Admission: $150
  • General Admission + Sponsor a Recent Grad: $300
  • Recent Grad (2016-21): $75
  • Current UC Davis Viticulture and Enology Student: $0
  • Event Sponsor: $1,000



If you would like to share a photo from your time as a student at UC Davis and/or a current photo, please email it to along with the following information:

  • Your graduation year
  • Approximate date the photo was taken
  • A caption
  • The names of any other people present in the photo. 

Spread the Word

If you know other alumni who may be interested in attending this event, please feel free to spread the word. We also encourage you to share this event with alumni on social media using the hashtag #ucdvealumniday2021.


  • We have reserved a block of rooms at the Hyatt Place for the nights of December 2nd and December 3rd. This hotel is just steps away from the Conference Center where the majority of the event will take place. 
  • To book a room at the rate of $159/night plus taxes, please visit: The deadline to reserve a room at this rate is November 19, 2021 or when the block fills, whichever comes first. We encourage you to reserve your room early. 
  • Please note, that the rate is only valid for the nights of 12/2 and 12/3 and if you are trying to book outside of these dates, the rate may be higher.

COVID-19 Health and Safety Protocols

The following health and safety protocols will be implemented at the event. Please note that these guidelines may change to become more or less restrictive as the University changes its policies.

Per current UC Davis guidelines, all in-person event attendees must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 or provide a negative COVID-19 test within 72 hours to attend the event. You must provide one of the following options when checking-in at the event.  

  • Any attendee can show their CDC Vaccine Card (phone image acceptable) or digital vaccine record from the State of California.
  • International students may show their translated vaccine record.
  • UC Davis employees or students can show their valid Daily Symptom Survey compliance email.
  • Unvaccinated individuals can show a negative COVID-19 test result from the last 72-hours. (must be a lab/PCR test; home tests/antigen tests are not valid)

The following is also required of all event attendees:

  • Visitors are required to complete a Daily Symptom Survey prior to entering facilities on campus. You will be asked to be show proof of this survey when checking-in at the event.
  • All attendees are required to wear face coverings indoors, regardless of vaccination status.
  • Unvaccinated individuals are also required to wear a face-covering outdoors in crowded spaces

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