- Provide a prestigious forum for collaboration between the Department of Viticulture and Enology and the Department of Food Science and Technology, to support and promote academic excellence.
- Foster public scholarship by facilitating meaningful faculty and student relationships with industry and other public stakeholders.
- Engage students through supportive programs, leadership experiences, and other activities that complement their coursework.
- Develop outreach and education programs and events that facilitate campus connections by consumers and the public.
In 2001, Robert Mondavi, renowned California wine producer, made a personal gift of $25 million to establish the Robert Mondavi Institute for Wine and Food Science within the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, which opened a new era of opportunity for UC Davis and its widely acclaimed wine and food programs.
"UC Davis has been a true partner in building the international reputation of the California wine industry."
— Robert Mondavi
"California wines are equal to the world's best in quality, diversity and excitement. We are now leading the way with UC Davis graduates at the helm of many of our finest wineries, Robert Mondavi Winery included. We are greatly honored to support UC Davis with new facilities that ensure its position as the world's leading educational center for viticulture, enology and food science."
For more than 135 years, the University of California has maintained active research and education programs in viticulture, enology and food science. No other academic institution can boast the rare combination of the premier College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, a large agricultural sector renowned for its fine wine and diverse food production, and the uniqueness of California cuisine.
The Robert Mondavi Institute enabled UC Davis to relocate two departments — Viticulture and Enology (VEN), and Food Science and Technology (FST) — under one roof in a new, state-of-the-art facility. These departments, recognized as the best in the world in their respective areas of scholarship, are linked with other disciplines across campus to investigate the role of healthy and safe foods and beverages in enhancing our quality of life.