Cooperative Extension Specialist
Dr. Anita Oberholster’s research focuses on both the vineyard and the winery. In the vineyard, the influence of growing practices, disease, and environmental factors such as climate change on grape ripening and composition is investigated. In the winery, the influence of different winemaking techniques on wine composition and quality is studied. The link between grape and wine composition and final wine sensory characteristics is of great interest. Sustainability in both focus areas are important and alternative practices to enhance sustainability is investigated. Anita's work has been cited 628 times and she has presented her research at international and national conferences, seminars and workshops 89 times. In her extension activities she leads a team that facilitates interaction among several grape and wine industry stakeholder groups through in-person meetings, state-wide workshops and seminars, as well as electronic communication tools. She serves on the board of directors for the American Society of Enology and Viticulture (ASEV).