Napa: The Science of Wine

Napa: The Science of Wine

30 October 2017
7:30 am – 5:00 pm

Napa: The Science of Wine

THIS FIELD TRIP IS FULL.
  • Registration fee: $25 (lunch included)
  • Details: Wear comfortable shoes
  • Organizer: Pat Bailey, UC Davis Strategic Communications
  • Sponsored by: UC Davis Strategic Communications

NOTE: Start and end times given for field trips are the times when the trips depart from and return to the Marriott Marquis San Francisco.

Travel to the UC Oakville Station, operated in the heart of the Napa Valley by UC Davis’ Department of Viticulture and Enology. The station’s 40-acre vineyard is one of the premiere wine-grape growing locations in the Napa Valley. For more than 50 years, critical viticulture research has been conducted on the site, including trials of clones, rootstocks, vine spacing, pruning levels, irrigation and more. 

Tour participants will view a sensor-controlled irrigation system designed to drastically reduce irrigation water use; a small, unpiloted helicopter that is being pilot-tested for making aerial applications to the vineyards; and a presentation of new rootstocks developed by UC Davis to resist disease and grow with minimal water. Eat a catered lunch next to the vineyards before moving on to tours at two commercial wineries in the Napa Valley. One stands out for using advanced technology in winemaking, and the other will highlight its environmentally sophisticated methods and technologies. Since you can’t come to Napa without trying the wine, enjoy a tasting at one of the wineries.

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