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

  • Holiday closures for Analytical Services & Grapevine Virus Testing labs
    To all of our valuable customers: The CCOVI Analytical Services Lab and Grapevine Virus Testing Services will be closed beginning on Tuesday, Dec. 21 and re-open for service on Monday, January 10, 2022. The last day to submit samples […]
  • November & December Dates & Deadlines
    WSET LEVEL 1 AWARD IN WINE (ONLINE) This is a beginner level wine course for those starting a wine career or those wishing to explore wine for personal interest. There is no prerequisite to register […]
  • Brock’s CCOVI celebrates 25 years of research excellence
    Karl Kaiser and Donald Ziraldo at the opening of Brock’s Cool Climate Oenology and Viticulture Institute, in the new Inniskillin Hall building, in 1999. Although harvest season is always a special time in Niagara, this […]

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International Cool Climate Wine Symposium

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