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Winegrapes of UC Davis’ Featured in Farm Press Article
14-Aug-20

Winegrapes of UC Davis, written by Foundation Plant Services staff historian, Nancy Sweet, is available as an online book (click here to view book). The book has been a work in progress for over a decade and currently consists of ten chapters describing the origin of the grape selections in the foundation vineyard at FPS. Articles describing the various cultivars and clones previously appeared in the FPS Grape Program Newsletter until 2012. The chapters in this publication expand on those prior efforts, profiling the most popular cultivars, and will include many new topics including the history of the grape nursery industry in California and the development of the clean plant program at UC Davis beginning in 1952. Nancy and Director Deborah Golino have worked for many years to ensure that the heritage of the FPS and UCD grapevine collection is memorialized, and that the information is easily available to industry members and other interested readers. Although this compendium is not yet complete, we feel that the information is valuable and are pleased to share the chapters that are available. Additional chapters will be added as they are finished. Read the Farm Press article ‘Website introduces Winegrapes of UC Davis’ that features many insights from author Nancy Sweet.