Department Vineyards and Field Facilities

The Department of Viticulture and Enology maintains two teaching vineyards and several research vineyards:

  • VineyardThe Department Vineyards. west of the main UC Davis campus provide students and faculty with 120 acres of high-quality wine and table grapes, while the Field House affords teaching space for viticulture classes. In addition to rootstock trials and various grape breeding programs, Viticulture classes VEN101A, VEN101B and VEN101C are currently being taught in this location.
  • New Teaching and Research Vineyards.  Twelve acres of vines have been planted west of the new Pilot Winery, which will serve as the primary vineyard for teaching purposes and will provide additional research capabilities.
  • Harry E. Jacob Research Facility and Oakville Experimental Vineyards. UC Davis is one of the few universities in the world that owns a vineyard in a premium winegrowing region. The Oakville Experimental Vineyard, located in the Napa Valley, provides the Department with 40 acres of grapevines where experiments aimed at improving viticultural practices are conducted. The on-site Harry E. Jacob Research Facility contains state-of-the-art laboratory facilities, a meeting room, a cold room and office space.
  • Kearney Agricultural Research and Extension Center.  Located South of Fresno in the southern San Joaquin Valley, this extensive multi-disciplinary University of California research center allows UC Davis faculty, students, and Extension Specialists to conduct wine, raisin and table grape research in the field and in on-site laboratory facilities.