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: Sparkling wine flavour
    If you are interested in pursuing oenology studies at the graduate level,CCOVI researchers Belinda Kemp and Gary Pickering are recruiting a fully funded PhD student. Click here to learn more about the opportunity
  • Top VQA wine promoters honoured at Experts Tasting
    Media Release: 3 May 2018, R00095 More than 125 wine writers, educators and industry professionals gathered at Brock Wednesday, May 2 for the 29th annual Experts Tasting. Organized by Brock’s Cool Climate Oenology and Viticulture Institute […]
  • June dates and deadlines
    June 9 Online offering of WSET Level 2 Award in Wines and Spirits begins. For more information visit our Continuing Education website. June 14 CCOVI’s pleased to host a Wellness Day workshop for Brock University […]

From the Brock News

Affiliated events


Experience a weekend celebrating of excellence in Ontario Winemaking.

International Cool Climate Wine Symposium

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