By Chris Macias
The grape crush is underway at UC Davis and its new $15 million teaching and research winery. Construction was completed in July, and the 34,000 square foot facility also features a brewery and food processing plant.
The winery, which was built entirely with funds from private donors, features state of the art fermentation systems and designed to be self-sustainable in energy and water use. The winery comes equipped with onsite solar power generation and a system for storing captured rainwater for landscaping and restrooms.
"The new teaching-and-research winery and vineyard are game-changers for the winemaking and grape growing program at UC Davis, and they will help California winemaking advance dramatically in both quality and sustainability," said Andrew Waterhouse, the Marvin Sands Endowed Chair in UC Davis' Department of Viticulture and Enology.
For more information, visit the web site for UC Davis' department of viticulture and enology.