No. It’s not heaven. It’s the Robert Mondavi Institute at the University of California Davis.
Founded in 2001 with an endowment from Robert Mondavi, this institue is where dots connect for people and businesses wanting to master the craft and science of wine, beer, dairy and beekeeping.
Homesteading and DIY classes and apprenticeships are awesome. But when you want to know the why behind what you’re creating and cross-pollinate with serious brain power and industry folk, this is the place.
So I made a point to trek out to Davis (about 90 minutes from San Francisco). Classic California college town known for its bike riders.
Now known to me for its sticky buns and bread from the Village Harvest.
Hey I had to carboload before the walking tour.
Here’s What Makes the Institute So Amazing for Food Professionals and Food Lovers
- Olive Center certifies olive oil makers and growers in the art and science of olive oil production.
- Honey & Pollination Center coordinating a multi-disciplinary team to work with all aspects of the beekeeping industry to ensure our bees thrive. Programs are relevant to those in agriculture, grocers and chefs, beekeepers and future beekeepers, urban homesteaders and students. Classes range from beekeeping to mead making!
- Wine Economics which undertakes and guides research and education about the economics of the production and consumption of wine grapes and wine in California and beyond.
Departments under the Mondavi Institute
- Viticulture and Enology for experimenting hands-on with sustainable grape growing and mastering the art and science of wine making. The Wine Teaching and Research Laboratory is certified LEED Platinum, the pinnacle of sustainable building and operation—an inspiration in itself.
- Food Science and Technology Department, internationally recognized for graduating students with a focus on making food healthier, tastier, and safer for consumers. Research here ranges from sensory science to social and cultural aspects of food.
Enjoy my photo tour, only enhanced by the Magritte clouds. I didn’t want to leave.