FOOD: Transforming the American Table
Zinfandel: An Origin Story
In 1991, ZAP, or Zinfandel Advocates and Producers, joined with scientists at UC Davis to determine the origins of the Zinfandel grape and to develop high-quality clonal material for future vineyards. Professor Carole Meredith of UC Davis used DNA technology and worked with researchers in Italy and Croatia to discover the grape’s true origins. She verified that a Crljenak Kaštelanski vine discovered in Croatia by scientists at the University of Zagreb was genetically identical to Zinfandel.