Robert Mondavi turned a giant corkscrew with the help of his wife, Margrit Mondavi to break ground on the new Robert Mondavi Institute for Wine and Food Science at the University of California, Davis in Davis, Calif. The $90 million facility housing the university’s viticulture, oenology and food science departments is scheduled to open in 2008.
The first building to be constructed will be a 129,600-square-foot academic building, which will be built in three wings wrapping around a courtyard that will face westward toward a teaching vineyard and open space. The courtyard will contain demonstration gardens and serve as a venue for special events.
The institute was established in 2001 with a $25 million gift from Robert Mondavi. The Anheuser-Busch Foundation has provided $5 million in matching funds to help construct the Institute’s brewing-and-food-science laboratory, and Ronald Miller and Diane Disney Miller donated $1 million for the institute’s winery.
UC Davis, located a short drive from the heart of California’s wine country, has the country’s top-ranked departments of Viticulture and Enology, and Food Science and Technology which will be housed in the new Institute.