Berkeley Lab

Pier Oddone to Speak at Ex-Ls Luncheon on August 15; All Staff Invited

Adventures of a California Winemaker: from Soil to Wine

Date: August 15, 2019

Time: 11:30 am – 2 pm

Location: DoubleTree by Hilton, 200 Marina Blvd., Berkeley, CA 94710


ABSTRACT: I will discuss how I started to make wine and the lessons I have learned along the way. The chemical processes involved in growing grapes and making wine are enormously complex, yet the recipe for making good wine, even great wine, is fairly straightforward and depends largely on the viticulture practices.

We have developed from scratch a small commercial vineyard that today produces about 45 tons of Cabernet Sauvignon and 10 tons of Zinfandel. We planted the vineyard in 1998. We sell most of the grapes to top wineries. The wine that I make at home for family and friends, 25 cases each of Cabernet and Zinfandel, seems to be appreciated. You will be able to check this out!

BIOGRAPHY: Dr. Pier Oddone is Director Emeritus of the Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory and Deputy Director Emeritus of Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. He received the Panofsky Award from the American Physical Society for his invention of a new collider, the Asymmetric B Factory. Pier holds a B.S. from MIT, a Ph.D. from Princeton University, and honorary degrees from the Illinois Institute of Technology, Universidad Ricardo Palma in Lima, Perú, and Universidad de San Martín in Tarapoto, Perú. He is a member of the National Academy of Sciences, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and the Academia Nacional de Ciencias del Perú.