Dr. Kristin Lowe has been studying, researching, teaching, and consulting in viticulture since 2000. Originally from upstate New York, she achieved her Bachelor of Science degree in Plant Sciences from Cornell University in 2000. Kristin subsequently attended graduate school at the University of California, Davis (UC Davis) and completed her Ph.D. in Genetics in 2006 with a focus on grape rootstock genetics and breeding. During her time as a graduate student, she developed a love of teaching viticulture through working as a teaching assistant in various viticulture and genetics courses.
Kristin began her career in the grape and wine industry as a viticulturist and California licensed pest control advisor in 2006 in Napa and Sonoma counties. She has worked in vineyards ranging in approach from sustainable to biodynamic, and has consulted with small vineyard owners, large winery corporations, and everything in between. Kristin has worked with growers on pest management, fertilization, irrigation, viticulture practices, disease diagnostics, and vineyard development plans. In pursuit of her love of teaching, especially about grapevines, she has been an online instructor for the “Viticulture for Winemakers” class with UC Davis Extension since 2008. Her academic background, coupled with her reputation for practicality, has led to invitations to speak at seminars held by the Napa Valley Grapegrowers. In addition, she has served on the Napa Viticulture Technical Advisory board, and has been a participant in the American Vineyard Foundation grant review process since 2007.
She is passionate about working in the interface between viticulture science and practical farming, and shares this passion with her clients in the pursuit of growing premium quality grapes.