- Support and Promote Academic Excellence of the Departments of Food Science & Technology and Viticulture & Enology
- Provide Financial Support for Graduate Students Engaged in Robert Mondavi Institute Mission-Linked Research
- Foster Industry Linkages to UC Davis
- Provide Educational and Leadership Experiences for Students throughout the College of Agricultural & Environmental Sciences
- Develop Outreach and Education Programs for the Public
- Secure the Institute’s Financial Health
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.
Robert Mondavi and his wife, Margrit Biever Mondavi, also made a donation of $10 million to name the campus Center for the Performing Arts. The Mondavi gift is the largest private contribution in UC Davis history.
"UC Davis has been a true partner in building the international reputation of the California wine industry," said 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."
UC Davis has a rich history of excellence in the wine and food sciences. 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. UC Davis was ranked the #1 university in the world for agriculture from 2013 to 2015 and it was recently ranked the most sustainable university in the world.
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.
The Institute is the gateway between UC Davis and a broad community of scientists, engineers, entrepreneurs, policymakers, industry professionals and technologists engaged in all dimensions of wine, brewing- and food science-related activities. The Institute is the global innovator in university-based wine and food sciences research, education and outreach. The Institute links faculty and students with industry stakeholders to facilitate research that advances wine making, brewing, and food sciences. Through various programmatic activities, the Institute funds numerous scholarships, internships, research awards and travel grants for outstanding VEN and FST graduate and undergraduate students.