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Andy Walker Takes You Back to Root Stock Basics at WiVi Central Coast

Date: 03/14/13

Dr. Andy Walker, professor and viticulturist at University of California, Davis, will run through the history and recent developments of root stocks in "From Roots to Shoots: Getting Back to the Basics," a viticulture breakout session at WiVi Central Coast, held in Paso Robles March 19-20. In this session moderated by Central Coast plant physiologist, Lowell Zelinski, Ph.D., you’ll hear industry experts explore everything from matching rootstocks to a specific site to how to manage your canopy to create the right growing environment for your winegrapes. Walker joins Mark Greenspan of Advanced Viticulture, LLc and Dan Rodrigues of Vina Quest LLC in the panel discussion. Seminar tickets are available for advance purchase at

Andrew Walker has been a faculty member of the Department of Viticulture and Enology at the University of California, Davis since 1989—the same year he began breeding grapes. His research program focuses on developing new rootstocks with resistance to fanleaf, dagger and root-knot nematodes and phylloxera. His lab studies the genetics of resistance to these pests, their genetic diversity and aggressivity, and host/pest interactions of these pests with grape species. Walker's lab is also actively involved in breeding table, raisin and wine grapes for resistance to Pierce's disease and powdery mildew.

He teaches two parts of a three-quarter viticultural practices course, which instructs students in rootstock and scion selection and identification, propagation practices, pruning and training, trellising, and vineyard development. He also serves as chair of the Horticulture and Agronomy Graduate Group, which administers the master’s of science degree in viticulture and all applied plant programs. Walker received his bachelor's degree in botany in 1975, a master's in horticulture/viticulture in 1983, and a doctorate in genetics in 1989 from the University of California, Davis. In November 2000, he was appointed the Louis P. Martini endowed chair in viticulture.

About WiVi Central Coast 2013

California's Central Coast is quickly becoming one of the world's most popular and celebrated wine regions. Since December 2009, 95 new wineries popped up in the Monterey, San Benito, San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara and Santa Cruz counties. In 2012, nearly 7 million cases of wine were produced in the region. This burgeoning area faces many unique issues in its wine-growing and winemaking efforts, and WiVi Central Coast 2013, a new symposium and trade show hosted by Wine Business Monthly and Precision Ag Consulting, has been created to address those topics.

WiVi will be held March 19-20, 2013 at the Paso Robles Event Center in Paso Robles, California. It is the only trade show and symposium to address the issues facing the Central Coast wine industry, one of the fastest growing regions in the country. For more information, visit

Region: Central Coast

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