The Grand Opening of a new 34,000 foot teaching and research center at The U.C. Davis and Robert Mondavi Institute for Wine & Food Science was celebrated the last week in January, 2011. The facility is LEED Platinum certified (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design), the highest rating for environmental design and construction awarded by the U.S. Green Building Council. It is the first winery to receive such certification. The new winery, brewery and food-processing complex were designed to serve as a test bed for production processes and techniques that conserve water, energy and other vital resources.
The Teaching and Research Winery is the home of the world’s first wireless wine fermentation system. This system was conceived, designed and donated by T.J. Rodgers, founder of Cypress Semiconductor and owner of Clos de La Tech Winery in the Santa Cruz Mountains.
The complex is devoted to all aspects of making wine, beer and processed foods. Construction of the facility was completed in August, and students were able to crush grapes, make wine and brew beer here beginning in September.
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