Years since the founding of the University of California at Davis Department of Viticulture and Enology.  On April 15, 1880, with phylloxera ravaging its vineyards, the California Legislature mandated the University of California to establish a program to provide instruction and research to eradicate the vine-killing insect. Other discoveries by the esteemed faculty have included DNA mapping of grape genomes to identify their origins. Among today’s research are studies focused on sustainability and flavor analysis.

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