Viticulture and Enology

UC Davis Establishes Research, Training in Cultivated Meat

September 23, 2020

Is cultivated meat — essentially, animal protein grown under lab conditions — a nourishing prospect to help feed the world, or is it more sizzle than steak? A consortium of researchers at the University of California, Davis, aims to explore the long-term sustainability of cultivated meat, supported by a new grant of up to $3.55 million from the National Science Foundation Growing Convergence program, in addition to previous support from the Good Food Institute and New Harvest.

Wildfire Impact on CA Grapes and Wine

August 24, 2020

Grapevines are very resilient and do not burn easily. In many cases the vineyards act like fire breaks and are likely playing a beneficial role, due the fact that only a limited number of wineries have been destroyed or significantly damaged by past fires that have surrounded them. Expectations are that the grapevines will recover fully if they did not actually burn, although yield may be impacted. Also, even if the grapes were impacted by what we call smoke taint, there is no carry over to the next season.

In Memoriam: David R. Smart (1955-2020)

August 20, 2020

Professor Emeritus David Smart passed away on April 29, 2020, after a long illness.  Born in San Francisco, David spent most of his youth outside of Murphys, CA.  After graduating from Bret Harte High School in Angels Camp, Dave completed his undergraduate and graduate studies at UC Davis.

I Greppi Partnership with Viticulture & Enology

August 11, 2020

UC Davis Viticulture and Enology has many historical ties to the winemaking regions of Italy.  This includes prominent alumni as well as internship programs that have trained our students and created indelible links to important viticultural regions such as Tuscany.  In the Spring of 2019, an agreement was reached between the University of California, Davis, Department of Viticulture and Enology (UC Davis V & E) and I Greppi, a winery in Bolgheri, Italy, committed to advancing the quality and understanding of wine produced in the Bolgheri DOC.  This agreement annually funds a recent UC

Research Profile: Mason Earles

August 10, 2020

Dr. Mason Earles joined UC Davis in the Fall of 2019 as an assistant professor in the Departments of Viticulture & Enology and Biological and Agricultural Engineering. Prior to coming to UC Davis, he worked at Apple, Inc.

Grape Genomics Portal

August 06, 2020

In February 2020, the Cantu lab released a web portal with genomic data and analysis tools for wild and cultivated grapevines. The portal provides user friendly access to the grape genomes they have generated, such as Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, and Merlot. It also provides access to other publicly available genomic resources. More genomes will be released using this portal. Behind the genomes, the data and the website is Andrea Minio, a postdoc in Dario Cantu’s lab. The portal can be viewed here. 

Viticulture and Enology Faculty Awards & Honors

August 06, 2020
David Block named as fellow of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers 

Professor David Block, chair of the Department of Viticulture and Enology, has been elected a Fellow of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE). The honor affirms the high esteem with which his colleagues and peers view his distinctive professional achievements and accomplishments.

Save the Date: 140th Anniversary Alumni Celebration now scheduled for May 4, 2021

August 06, 2020

April 15, 2020 marked the 140th Anniversary of the founding of the Department of Viticulture and Enology.  Unfortunately, as many of you know, we were unable to celebrate in person on April 24, 2020 as originally planned. We had previously scheduled a new date of December 9, 2020, however the decision has been made to postpone the event to May 4th, 2021. Due to the current uncertainty around when it will be safe to gather again, we hope that this date will allow more people to attend.

On April 24th, 2020, we held a virtual toast to mark the occasion of the anniversary.