Oakville Grape Day

Grape Day

Event Date

Oakville Experimental Vineyard, 1380 Oakville Grade Rd, Oakville, CA 94562


On June 5, 2024, we will host a Grape Day at the Oakville Experimental Vineyard. The event will take place from 8 am - 2 pm. Speakers include farm advisors, cooperative extension specialists, and UC Davis Faculty.


Oakville Experimental Vineyard, 1380 Oakville Grade Rd, Oakville, CA 94562


8:00-8:30 AM
Registration, coffee, and pastries

8:30-10:40 AM
Session 1

10:40-11:40 AM

11:40-1:50 PM
Session 2

1:50-2:15 PM

Attendees will be divided into two groups. Group one will begin with indoor presentations and group two will begin with outdoor presentations. The groups will switch after brunch. 

Indoor Presentations

Wild grapes as a reservoir of genetic diversity for the future
Dario Cantu, Professor & Louis Martini Endowed Chair, Department of Viticulture & Enology, UC Davis

Grapevine breeding at UC Davis
Luis Diaz Garcia, Assistant Professor; Department of Viticulture & Enology UC Davis

Is regenerative the path forward for winegrape production?
Cristina Lazcano, Assistant Professor of Soils and Plant Nutrition, Department of Land, Air and Water Resources, UC Davis

Impacts of extreme climate/climate change on berry development and wine quality
Elisabeth Forrestel, Assistant Professor, Department of Viticulture & Enology, UC Davis

Outdoor Presentations

Table 1: Use of weather information for addressing frost, heat, and spray drift risk
Mark Battany, UCCE Water Management and Biometeorology Advisor Farm Advisor 

Table 2: Trunk diseases of grapevines
Akif Eskalen, Professor of Cooperative Extension, Department of Plant Pathology, UC Davis

Table 3: Effects of clone and rootstock on productivity and resilience
Justin Tanner, Viticulture Farm Advisor, San Joaquin & Stanislaus Counties, UCCE

Table 4: Working toward higher resolution automated irrigation
David Block, Professor, Department of Viticulture and Enology, UC Davis; Roman Kozak, Chief Technology Officer and Co-founder, Verdi AG; Guillermo Garcia Zamora, Vineyard Manager, Department of Viticulture & Enology, UC Davis

Table 5: Pierce’s Disease in vineyards
Monica Donegan & Alexandra Kahn, UC Berkeley Almeida Lab

Table 6: Ag-Bee demo
Briana Layfield, President, Ag-Bee LLC; Anil Mantri, Scientific Research Associate, Nansen Lab, Department of Entomology & Nematology, UC Davis; Christian Nansen, Professor, Insect Ecology and Optical Sensing; Department of Entomology & Nematology, UC Davis; Nate Nouwels, Chief Pilot and Operations Manager, Ag-Bee, LLC


General Registration: $100 (includes pastries, coffee and brunch)

*Registration closes on Friday, May 31st, at 5 PM. 



This event is approved for 3 CEU Certified Crop Advisor hours (Crop Management: 2; Sustainability: 0.5; Precision Ag: 0.5)

  • If you can no longer attend, you may substitute your registration for another attendee until Wednesday, May 29th.
  • If you need to cancel your registration, you may do so for any reason before May 29th for a 75% refund less the registration system's processing fees, which are non-refundable. 
  • No refunds will be made after May 29th.
  • If you need to cancel please email cjbamforth@ucdavis.edu.




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