Without a doubt, UC Davis research has been instrumental in transforming California into one of the world’s major producers of premium wine. California now has more than 500,000 acres of winegrapes and 3,750 wineries that produce more than 90 percent of the nation’s wine. The economic impact of the California wine industry is over $45 billion per year.
The quintessential Wine Aroma Wheel, used for wine sensory evaluation by professionals and consumers, was developed at UC Davis, along with cool fermentation methods for white wine, sterile filtration procedures, and methods to manage devastating pests. such as phylloxera and glassy-winged sharpshooter.
Research is now focused on working with winemakers to produce wine sustainably (using substantially less water and energy), and to identify the antioxidant health components of wine.