Cool Climate Oenology and Viticulture Institute

Established in 1996, the Cool Climate Oenology and Viticulture Institute (CCOVI) at Brock University was developed in partnership with the Grape Growers of Ontario, the Winery & Grower Alliance of Ontario, and the Wine Council of Ontario. CCOVI is an internationally recognized research institute focused on research priorities of the Canadian grape and wine industry, and the continuing educational and outreach services needs of that community.


Brock’s Cool Climate Oenology and Viticulture Institute (CCOVI) has established itself as a successful, internationally recognized research institute on cool climate viticulture, oenology, wine business and wine culture.

Continuing Education

CCOVI is known as the institution of choice when looking for quality continuing education. Different programs are available to enhance wine knowledge for a wide variety of participants, from Wine Appreciation courses to the Wine & Spirit Education Trust®, the most highly respected wine certification in the industry.

Outreach Services

CCOVI is dedicated to offering innovative outreach services to the grape and wine community. In consultation with the industry, the Institute is continually developing new outreach programs. Whether it be industry sponsored conferences, workshops, lecture series or analytical services, CCOVI advances technology and information transfer throughout the industry.

RSS What’s happening at CCOVI

  • Graduate research opportunity: wine flavour and yeast microbiology
    MSc and PhD: Exploring the use of Canadian indigenous yeast isolates to manage “sweet/honey” off- flavours, and acetic acid in Pinot noir sparkling and still red wines. Project Description Location: Brock University, St Catharines, Ontario, […]
  • July Dates and Deadlines
    July 16 Nominations close for the Cuvée Vineyard of Excellence Award. Nominate a grower in the category of Best White Vinifera today. July 21 Our outreach team will be at the Cool Chardonnay World Tour event […]
  • 2017-18 Year in Review
    Click the image above to view our 2017-18 Annual Report.

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Affiliated events


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International Cool Climate Wine Symposium

Bringing together the world’s leading producers and experts in cool climate viticulture, winemaking, research and promotion.