The Robert Mondavi Institute for Wine and Food Science (RMI) has been operational on the UC Davis campus for just over year, but the complex isn’t done growing. On Oct. 10, 2008, RMI opened to record crowds of students, faculty, staff and the business community celebrating what is quickly growing UC Davis’ already stellar reputation for cutting-edge food, beer and wine research.
Visible from I-80 as the “Tuscan orange” set of buildings, RMI currently houses the well-known Department of Viticulture and Enology, where just about every winemaker with a formal education has passed through in their time, as well as the Department of Food Science and Technology. The facilities will, when complete, include five buildings. Currently open are three academic buildings with approximately 131,000 gross square feet, outfitted for classrooms, laboratories, offices and meeting rooms. These include specialized kitchen laboratories, individual sensory testing stations for teaching and research, and a sensory theater for outreach and educational activities ranging from popular courses for consumers to specialized courses for the industry.