Research

Climate change is coming for your wine. What the world's wineries are doing to save grapes

September 09, 2019
Soaring temperatures, irregular rain patterns and the ever-present threat of fires is causing winery owners here and around the world to adopt aggressive strategies to safeguard their livelihoods. These tactics include experimenting with new varieties of grapes, finding new ways to maximize water use and even seeking out land in areas that formerly were too cold for vineyards.
Recent Publications of VEN Faculty Andrea Thompson August 26, 2019

Find the latest publications of the department by clicking on the link below.

Extension recap: Wine Management Strategies from Fermentation to Stabilization Andrea Thompson August 23, 2019

On May 16, 2019, UC Davis V&E Extension presented a day-long program titled “Wine Management Strategies from Fermentation to Stabilization” at the UC Davis Conference Center.

Dr. Anita Oberholster greatly appreciates donations that enabled her research on smoke exposure Andrea Thompson August 23, 2019

Dr. Anita Oberholster’s research on the impact of smoke exposure on grape and wine composition started after the 2017 wildfires.  After receiving several offers of grapes and having her own research grapes at the Oakville Experimental Station affected, the UC Davis Cooperative Extension Specialist quickly planned a new research study.

Research spotlight: Professor and Chair David Block Andrea Thompson August 23, 2019

Dr. Block’s research group is currently working in several areas of wine research.  His work in understanding and optimizing phenolic extraction in red wines (along with the Oberholster lab) has been especially productive over the last year and a half. 

New System More Accurately Estimates Vineyard Crop Yields

August 06, 2019
A company is developing a computer vision system to estimate vineyard crop yield with the collaboration of UC Davis scientists. On Friday, Nathan Strong, president and chief executive officer at Terroir AI in Menlo Park, demonstrated the system at UC Davis’ Oakville Station. Strong installed a box containing four sensor cameras in the back of the station’s ATV, the cameras adjusted for the high-wire trellis system of the experimental block.