Anita Oberholster completed her PhD in wine sciences at the University of Adelaide, Australia in 2008. She moved to the Department of Viticulture and Enology at UC Davis, California as a Cooperative Extension Specialist in 2011, from her role as researcher at the Department of Viticulture and Oenology at Stellenbosch University.
In her current position she focuses on continued education for the grape and wine industry while her research program concentrates on current issues in the grape and wine industry. Research include the impact of climate on grape ripening and phenolic development, grapevine red blotch disease and smoke exposure in the vineyard. The impact of different winemaking techniques on wine composition and quality is also a major focus.