Who We Are
The UT-Austin Wine Initiative (UTWI) fosters education, research and entrepreneurship in partnership with the Texas wine industry. Our goal is to support undergraduate research experiences in the field of wine chemistry, enology, and viticulture of Texas wines. Through this partnership, UT students will contribute to novel regional knowledge, which will be used to support the development of innovative strategies to advance Texas viticulture and enology.
What We're Fundraising For
Texas is one of the oldest and major wine producing states in the USA. Texas weather drastically influences the composition and quality of wine, which distinctive high quality is attributed despite the drastic growing conditions during the summer. However, there is no research precedent on the relationships between grapevine-berry-wine composition and the environmental conditions in Texas over the course of a growing season.
UTWI undergraduate researchers will undercover the genomics, proteomics and metabolomics in Texas grapevines and wines, as a means to internationally support its quality and reputation, as appropriate. Students will acquire valuable research skills enhancing their experiential learning at UT-Austin. Your donation will help to sponsor FIVE Student Scholarships.
Recently, prestigious members of the Wine Community opened their doors to UT students and faculty providing new opportunities for collaborative research to support their experiential learning. Enjoying the beauty of the vineyard fields, students collected hundreds of grapevine leaves and grape samples corresponding to seventeen varietals such as Tempranillo, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Lenoir, Sangiovese, amongst others from five vineyards across Central Texas including Fall Creek, Salt Lick, Spicewood, Certenberg and Mesa. Future steps involve the chemical analysis of grapevines and wine to discover compounds associated with health benefits. Students need your support to uncover the chemical signatures that make Texas wine unique. Your donation will help to sponsor FIVE Student Scholarships.