CCOVI provides education opportunities for wine enthusiasts as well as professional development courses for industry professionals. The continuing education program attracts students from around the world to take part in sessions offered in-class and online.

We offer a wide range of in-class and online courses in WSET- Wine (Level I, II, III); WSET – Spirits (Level I, II), Wine Appreciation I and II; Wines of Ontario; Certificates in Ontario Wine (online); Wine Regions of the World; Cider & Perry Production.

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Wine and Spirit education trust (WSET) courses

CCOVI is a program provider for the Wine & Spirit Education Trust (WSET), the most highly respected and internationally transferable wine certification available.

COURSE AVAILABILITY

Contact btatarnic@brocku.ca for course availability dates or to be placed on a wait list for notification.

ABOUT THE COURSE

Course runs one day only (9:30 a.m. – 4:45 p.m.)

Parking is included with your registration.

For individuals new to wine, this qualification provides a hands-on introduction to the world of wine. You’ll explore the main types and styles of wine through sight, smell and taste, while also gaining the basic skills to describe wines accurately and make food and wine pairings.

What you’ll learn:

  • The main styles of wine
  • Common wine grapes and their characteristic
  • The principles of food and wine pairing.
  • How to describe wine using the WSET Level 1 Systematic Approach to Tasting Wine® (SAT)

Assessment is by a closed-book exam of 30 multiple-choice questions.

Upon successful completion you will receive a WSET Level 1 certificate and lapel pin.

View the Course Program. 

COURSE AVAILABILITY

REGISTER NOW (Thursdays, April 5 to May 31, 2018 at 6 p.m.)

ABOUT THE COURSE

Course duration:  8 weeks plus exam

Prerequisite:  We recommend OEVI 0N05 be taken (WSET Foundation in Wine – Level 1) – however it is not a prerequisite.

This course deals with all aspects of wine. Learn major grape varieties and wine styles from key wine producing countries of the world, the main spirit categories and understand factors that influence wine quality and price. Students will taste and compare styles as they are guided using the WSET Systematic Approach to Tasting.

This qualification is intended as vocational training in product knowledge for those employed in the wine and spirit drinks industry who have some previous knowledge of wines and spirits.  This course is also appropriate for those not employed in the drinks industry but who have a serious interest in wine and wish to broaden their knowledge in a structured way.

If you are an employer wishing to train your staff this course will equip them with knowledge of the main wine styles and spirits categories.  This course is suitable for anyone employed in wine sales and service.

What you’ll learn:

  • How wine is made.
  • What factors influence wine style.
  • The key white and black grape varieties and their characteristics
  • The important wine-producing regions of the world in which these grapes are grown.
  • The production of sparkling, sweet and fortified wines.
  • Label terminology.
  • Food and wine pairing principles.
  • The principal categories of spirits and liqueurs and how they are made.
  • How to describe wine using the WSET Level 2 Systematic Approach to Tasting Wine (SAT)

Registration is confirmed upon receipt of course fee, and is non-refundable once course begins.

Course Summary
Course Outline

COURSE AVAILABILITY

REGISTER NOW  (Tuesdays, Jan. 16 to May 1, 2018 at 6 p.m.)

ABOUT THE COURSE

Course duration:  15 weeks plus exam (class will meet during the Brock’s Reading Week and March Break).

Prerequisite:  OEVI 0N06 is recommended (WSET Award in Wines and Spirits – Level 2)

This course is intended to provide in-depth knowledge of a wide range of wines from around the world and is open to students who hold the WSET Level 2 Award or can demonstrate knowledge acquired at the Level 2 award level through completion of an entrance test and sufficient experience in the wine industry.

This qualification is also suitable for the wine enthusiast wishing to build on knowledge gained at Level 2.

This qualification will assist those who may be required to make professional evaluations of wines as to its quality and commercial value.  Level 3 will provide registrants with in depth product knowledge that, in turn, will strengthen and support your job skills in product selection for the retail and hospitality sectors.

This qualification is also suitable for the wine enthusiast wishing to build on knowledge gained at Level 2.

What you’ll learn:

Unit 1:

  • The key factors in the production of wine location, grape growing, winemaking, maturation and bottling.
  • How these key factors influence the key characteristics of the principal: still wines of the world; sparkling wines of the world; fortified wines of the world.
  • How to apply your understanding to explain wine style and quality

Unit 2:

  • How to taste wines, describe their characteristics and evaluate their quality using the WSET Level 3 Systematic Approach to Tasting Wine (SAT)

NOTE:  All other wine degrees or certificate designations – go to the “ADVANCED STANDING” guidelines found on the POLICIES and PROCEDURES web page.

Registration is confirmed upon receipt of course fee, and is non-refundable once course begins (see POLICIES AND PROCEDURES web page for full details).

Course Summary
Course Outline

Barb Tatarnic

Barb is the Manager of Continuing Education and Outreach for the Cool Climate Oenology & Viticulture Institute (CCOVI). She has been with CCOVI since the very beginning and with the university for 30 years now. She has completed the WSET Intermediate and Advanced Awards in Wines and Spirits and is an approved WSET Examinations Officer.

For more information or to discuss your individual needs please contact her at: 905-688-5550 ext. 4652 or e-mail: ccovi@brocku.ca

Peter Bodnar Rod

Peter is a twenty-three year veteran of the food and drinks business. From wine educator, award-winning sommelier, wine sales & marketing associate to restaurant manager and winery consultant, wine has always been a big part of his life. He completed his B.Comm. in 1989 at the University of Guelph and two years later, earned his sommelier certification through the Canadian Sommelier Guild in Toronto. He completed the intermediate and advanced certificates of the WSET in the mid 90’s and earned his WSET Diploma in 1999.

He has been an instructor with the International Sommelier Guild since 2000 and is now a Curriculum Department Head. Peter has taught the WSET Intermediate Certification and has been an approved assessor of the Advanced Certificate since 2003. In 2008 he was a sessional instructor of wine studies at both the University of Guelph and Niagara College. In March of 2009 he was awarded the prestigious VQA Promote the Promoters Award for Education.

As sommelier & restaurant manager, Peter has worked at fine establishments in Ontario and British Columbia known for their world-class cuisine and innovative, award-winning wine programs. In 2004, he won the Toronto Renaissance Blind Tasting Challenge and has also won bronze at both the 1997 Canadian finals of the Grand Prix de Sopexa du Sommelier and the 1998 Canadian finals of the World Sommelier Championships. In 2000, he was named top sommelier by the BCRFA and two years earlier was named one of Canada’s top sommeliers in Wine Access Magazine. Peter was also named Top Sommelier in Ontario at the Ontario Wine Awards in 2006.

He’s had the great honour of judging the Canadian Wine Awards twice and was on the selection committee for the Ontario Hostelry Institute Top 30 under 30. As wine salesman, he had the pleasure of working with Mission Hill Family Estate winery for almost 4 years as Director of Trade Development in Eastern Canada and more recently he spent two and a half years helping Tannin Fine Wines Ltd. to establish and develop a sales office in Ontario.

Elsa Macdonald

Meet Elsa Macdonald who will be leading our Spirit course offering within the WSET program.  Elsa is the Director of Wine Education for Constellation Brands.  She is also an MW Candidate with the Institute of Masters of Wine where she was also the winner of the prestigious Yalumba Scholarship.  Elsa is the Past President and currently on the Board of Directors for the Canadian Association of Sommeliers (CAPS) and their current Director of Professional Development after receiving her CAPS certification in 2006.  In terms of her WSET experience she is a Certified Instructor since 2011 , Diploma Graduate 2009 (Ontario’s Top-achieving Student 2008).Her personal interests include hiking, canoeing and, of course, travelling to wine regions!

Robert Power

Rob is a southern Ontario native; born in Peterborough, grew up in Owen Sound and Guelph. After high school he went to the University of Toronto and meandered aimlessly through an Arts and Science degree, graduating in 1985. This degree led to gainful employment in restaurants (in order to pay off some onerous student loans) until in 1989 he was lucky to be hired as a bartender at the venerable Le Select Bistro, despite answering truthfully to an interview question about his wine knowledge with the pithy comment “White and Red”. For those of you unfamiliar with it, Le Select had (and has) one of the largest, most comprehensive wine lists in Canada. As a result, Rob’s vinous ignorance was short-lived. He was promoted to bar manager and spent the next 8 years studying and tasting wines from around the world, culminating in a diploma from the Wine and Spirit Education Trust in the UK.

In 1997, by now far more interested in great French oak than great French restaurants, Rob started looking for a place to study winemaking. Fate again intervened when Brock University opened the Cool Climate Oenology and Viticulture Institute. Rob graduated at the top of the first graduating class from the Oenology and Viticulture program. He was hired as assistant winemaker at Creekside Estate Winery in late April, 2000 – he started the day after his graduation ceremony (sporting a monstrous hangover!).

In 2002, Rob and cellarmaster Craig McDonald were asked to take over the winemaking reins at Creekside when the founding winemaker moved back to Australia. Making wine with the Creekside team, while dealing with the slings and arrows of outrageous climate and recalcitrant machinery, remains one of the pleasures of his life. Receiving many wine awards (four Cuvee Gold at the 2009 awards ceremony) are all taken in stride by this humble winemaker. Accolades are all met with his infectious sense of humour and zest for all things “pithy”.

Christopher Waters

For the past 14 years, Chris has worked as a professional wine writer and educator based in Ontario. As co-founder and editor of VINES, a consumer wine magazine distributed across the country, he oversees the story development, assignment and packaging of each issue as well as specific content created for print and online. In addition Chris is a staff member of the Cool Climate Oenology and Viticulture Institute teaching Wine Appreciation I and II and the Introduction to the Wines of Ontario. He completed the Advanced Certificate in Wines and Spirits and is an approved assessor for the WSET. Chris is also a tutored tasting consultant for the Gourmet Food & Wine Expo in Toronto and head judge of the InterVin International Wine Awards. He has been a wine judge for the Ontario Wine Awards, International Value Wine Awards, Canadian Wine Awards, the International Eastern Wine Competition, the Cuvée Wine Awards and the Experts’ Tasting. His weekly wine column, Waters & Wine, is syndicated across the Sun Media chain.

Lastly, but certainly not least – Chris is also a Member of the Wine Writers Circle of Canada.

Withdrawal policy for in – class courses : 
Withdrawal up to 2 weeks prior to course start date: Refund of tuition, less $150 administration fee. Withdrawal between 2 weeks and 3 days prior to course start date: Refund of 50% of tuition less $150 administration fee. Withdrawal 3 days or less to course start date: No refund. Please note all course materials are paid upon registration, and are non-refundable.
Withdrawal policy for distance or on-line courses: Withdrawal up to 10 days prior to course start date, refund of tuition, less $150 administration fee. Withdrawal less than 10 days to start date, no refund. Please note all course materials are paid upon registration and are non-refundable.

Advanced Standing:
Graduates of the following programs will be given entrance into Level 3 WSET Award (upon completion of an entrance test*):

  • Honours BSc in Oenology & Viticulture, Brock University
  • Canadian Association of Professional Sommeliers (CAPS)
  • Independent Wine Education Guild (IWEG) – Level 2 WSET
  • Master Taster Certificate, Niagara College
  • All other programs – please contactccovi@brocku.ca

*The entrance test will be used to demonstrate equivalent level of knowledge at the WSET Level 2. NOTE: There will be a nominal administration fee of $25 assessed at time of sitting for the test. Upon successful completion of the entrance test, you must be sufficiently familiar with the WSET Systematic Approach to Tasting prior to the commencement of the first Level 3 class.

Please speak with Barb Tatarnic, Manager of Continuing Education for confirmation via telephone: 905-688-5550 ext. 4652 or e-mail: ccovi@brocku.ca

Examination Procedure:

The Wine & Spirit Education Trust operates a thorough system of checks before the release of examination results in order to ensure that, as far as possible, they are completely accurate. An enquiries and appeals system exists to identify and correct errors in marking and/or processing. Please note that a scanning process is used to mark the multiple choice examination and it is therefore very rare for initial marks to be incorrect, providing the candidate has completed the answer form header correctly.

If you believe there is an error in the grading of papers, please contact Barb Tatarnic, WSET at CCOVI, Brock University (the organization responsible for conducting the examination) and ask for a copy of the guidance notes and “Application Form for Enquiries against Examination Results”.

Candidates Requiring Reasonable Adjustments:

A reasonable adjustment involves any action that helps to reduce the effect of a disability or difficulty that places the candidate at a substantial disadvantage in the assessment situation. WSET and CCOVI, Brock University seek to conduct the assessment of all candidates in a way that puts them at no disadvantage, or advantage, over other candidates.

Reasonable adjustments must not affect the integrity of what needs to be assessed, but may involve:

  • Changing standard assessment arrangements, for example allowing candidates extra time to complete the assessment activity
  • Adapting assessment materials, such as providing materials in large text format
  • Providing access facilitators during assessment, such as a sign language interpreter or reader
  • Re-organising the assessment room, such as removal of visual stimuli for an autistic candidate.

A “Request for Reasonable Adjustment” form is only approved or set in place before the assessment activity takes place; please speak with Barb Tatarnic either at time of registration or after the first class has concluded if you have any special assessment needs which will require any reasonable adjustments to be made for examination purposes. Out of fairness to all candidates, evidence of the individual circumstance(s) must be produced.


Candidates Requiring Special Consideration due to temporary illness, injury or adverse circumstance:

“Special Consideration” situation is when the candidate is not able to take the examination due to temporary illness, injury, indisposition or adverse circumstances at the time of the examination. It is crucial that the candidate inform the Program Manager (Barb Tatarnic) so a “Request for Special Consideration” form may be completed. WSET must be notified through CCOVI (APP) in writing within five days of the examination date. Consideration will only be considered with the inclusion of supporting independent documentation.

Where a candidate is unable to attend an examination due to recent personal illness, accident or bereavement we will accommodate the candidate with an alternative examination date at no extra cost (with proper documentation).

Not able to write or no shows will be assessed with a “Re-sit” fee which is non-refundable.

Costs are subject to change – consult with the Program Manager to confirm- 2012/2013 fees:
Level 1: $75
Level 2: $100
Level 3: $150 (written) and $150 (tasting)

A candidate may only appeal against an examination result once an enquiry has been processed. Any candidate unsatisfied with the result of the review and re-marking of an examination paper should first contact Barb Tatarnic, WSET Manager in writing to request an “Appeal against Examination Results Application” form. The Appeal will be taken to WSET Awards and assessed by the Director of WSET Awards and subsequently submitted to the Appeals Panel for independent review. WSET Awards will advise the candidate and WSET Brock University of its decision within 40 working days for Levels 1-3 and 60 working days for Level 4 and 5.

Where appeals are upheld WSET Awards will:

  • Refund the appeal application fee
  • Amend the examination result accordingly
  • Issue a new certificate free of charge following return of the original certificate as appropriate.

Appeal Application Fee: 
Costs subject to change – consult with the Program Coordinator to confirm.
2009/2010 fees:
Level 1 : $75
Level 2 : $75
Level 3 – Unit 1 Theory: $175
Level 3 – Unit 2 Tasting: $130

WSET Spirits Specialization

COURSE AVAILABILITY

Contact btatarnic@brocku.ca for course availability dates or to be placed on a wait list for notification.

ABOUT THE COURSE

Course Duration:  One day (9:30-4:30 p.m.)

The Level 1 Award in Spirits is a full day of study.  Exam is held at the end of the day.  Photo ID is required to set the exam.  Parking, glassware and wine is provided.

This specialized program is for individuals new to spirits study. This qualification offers a hands-on introduction to the world of spirits.  You will explore the main styles and types of spirits through sight, smell and taste in order to develop an understanding of the key factors affecting flavours and aromas.

What will you learn?

The basic principles of spirit production

  • The main types and styles of spirits.
  • How to serve spirits
  • Factors affecting the flavour of spirits
  • How to describe spirits using the WSET Level 1 Systematic Approach to Tasting Spirits (SAT)

Upon successful completion you will receive a WSET certificate and lapel pin.

COURSE AVAILABILITY

Contact btatarnic@brocku.ca for course availability dates or to be placed on a wait list for notification.

ABOUT THE COURSE

Prerequisite:  We recommend WSET Level 1 Spirits be taken however it is not a prerequisite.

This specialized spirits course has been developed to provide in-depth knowledge of Vodka, Rum, Gin, Whiskies and Liqueurs.  This qualification is ideal for anyone in the drinks industry – Sales reps, LCBO, bartenders and trade employees working with a variety of spirits, answering customer queries and making informed selections of spirits or those simply with a fascination for spirits wishing to learn more.

You’ll learn about the production methods and characteristics of the main spirit categories while also exploring key brands and the use of spirits in cocktails.

What you’ll learn:

  • How production methods affect the characteristics of spirits and liqueurs.
  • The characteristics of the principal international spirits and liqueurs.
  • How to describe spirits using the WSET Level 2 Systematic Approach to Tasting Spirits (SAT)

Upon successful completion you will receive a WSET certificate and lapel pin and will be able to use the associated WSET certified logo.

Registration is confirmed upon receipt of course fee and is non-refundable once course begins.

Wine Appreciation Courses

COURSE AVAILABILITY

Contact btatarnic@brocku.ca for course availability.

ABOUT THE COURSE

A special interest course focused on the tasting of wines from Canada and around the world.

Learn and improve your skills at distinguishing among wine varietals such as Chardonnay, Riesling, Merlot, Pinot Noir and Cabernet Sauvignon.

*This course may be used as a prerequisite for entrance into some Sommelier programs.

  • Course runs in September during evenings. Duration: 12 weeks
  • Registration fee: $300.

COURSE AVAILABILITY

REGISTER NOW (Wednesdays, Jan. 17 to April 4, 2018 at 7 p.m.)

ABOUT THE COURSE

  • A special interest course designed to deepen and refine your wine tasting skills as well as to explore the major wine regions of the world. Discover wines from historic Old World regions as well as the emerging New World. Prerequisite: Wine Appreciation I is preferable.
  • Course runs in January during evenings. Duration: 12 weeks.
  • Registration fee: $325.

course availability

REGISTER NOW (Mondays, Jan. 15 to March 19, 2018 at 7 p.m.)

ABOUT THE COURSE

A special interest course focused on the wines of Ontario – how they are grown and made. Become familiar with VQA wines and the viticultural areas in which they are grown. Upon successful completion students will receive the Wine Council of Ontario Certification. This course may also be used a prerequisite for entrance to some Sommelier programs.

  • Course starts in January during evenings. Duration: 9 weeks.
  • Registration fee: $275.

Cider and Perry Production Training

course availability

REGISTER NOW  (Mondays, April 23 to April 27)

ABOUT THE COURSE

Gain a thorough understanding of cider and perry production through this 5 day intensive program being held in Canada for the first time through CCOVI, the first program provider for the Cider Institute of North America (CINA). The course was developed by Peter Mitchell, one of the world’s leading authorities in cider production and founder of the highly regarded Cider and Perry Academy.

This program provides registrants with a hands-on practical program based on lectures, lab work, cider making and tastings. Learn the step by step guide to cider and perry production through an essential grounding in the chemistry and microbiology of cider and perry.

Production, growing practices, economics, legal framework and terminologies are all covered along with tasting to develop product profiles.
Certification is through the Cider Institute of North America, recognized as the industry standard for quality in the cider industry.
Course runs 4 full days plus examination on the 5th day (8:30-5 p.m. daily)

Course Summary
Please contact ccovi@brocku.ca for more information.

Online courses

We are pleased to offer several continuing education course offerings that remove both geographical and time barriers for those wishing to enroll in our Certificate in Ontario Wine, WSET Level 2 in Wines & Spirits and WSET Level 2 Specialization in Spirits courses.

Students are advised to book at least 2 weeks ahead of the start date, to allow for materials (WSET Study Package) to be delivered and pre-reading. Students registering less than 6 working days before the start of the course will incur a $50 late booking fee. Course materials will be posted to a student’s home upon confirmation of payment of fees. You may be subject to additional courier fees for those registering after the registration deadline.

Access:
Students are provided with a login for the online classroom. The online classroom will provide you with activities, group tastings, feedback tests and a full mock up examination.

Computer Needs:
It will be assumed that students have basic computer literacy and internet navigation skills.  See Course Description for your minimum computer requirements.

Final Examination:
On-line students will be required to write their final examination at the Cool Climate Oenology & Viticulture Institute (CCOVI), Brock University on the Examination date shown. Students wishing to write on an alternate date must speak with Barb Tatarnic at CCOVI (see “Course Summary”).

Withdrawal Policy:
Withdrawal up to 10 days prior to course start date, refund of tuition, less $150 administration fee. Withdrawal less than 10 days to start date, no refund. Please note all course materials are paid upon registration and are non-refundable.

Register Now:
See ‘Course Listing’ page for optional dates.

Policies and Procedures

For more information on Distance Education contact Barb Tatarnic, WSET Program Provider – email: ccovi@brocku.ca

COURSE AVAILABILITY

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ABOUT THE COURSE

For individuals seeking a core understanding of wines, this qualification explores the major grape varieties and important wine regions in which they are grown. You’ll learn about the styles of wines produced from those grapes as well as key classifications and labelling terminology. A basic overview of the key categories of spirits and liqueurs will also be provided.
Course Summary

COURSE AVAILABILITY

REGISTER NOW (Saturday, March 17 to Friday April 20, 2018)

ABOUT THE COURSE

A specialized program for individuals wishing to develop their expertise in spirits and liqueurs. You’ll learn about the production methods and characteristics of the main spirit categories while also exploring key brands and the use of spirits in cocktails.
Course Summary

COURSE AVAILABILITY

Contact btatarnic@brocku.ca for course availability dates or to be placed on a wait list for notification.

ABOUT THE COURSE

Welcome to the first fully integrated online course in Ontario wine. From wine enthusiasts to anyone working in a winery, restaurant or retail sales, the Certificate in Ontario Wine is the first online course of its kind that will remove geographical barriers for those looking for a formal introduction to Ontario wine.

Duration: 5 week online study.
Approximately 6 hours of study per week. The course has no fixed study times so that students may plan their studies to suite your own schedule. It is assumed that students have basic computer literacy, internet navigation skills and a reasonable standard of written and spoken English.

Deliverables:

  • Achieve basic competencies in content related to the wines of Ontario including an understanding of cool climate viticulture; cool climate winemaking; appellation systems and their impact; VQA.
  • Develop skills related to the critical sensory assessment of wines.
    Understand the basic components of wine and their impact on wine quality and wine style.
  • Ontario wine industry history.
  • Gain increased confidence in Ontario wine selection and purchasing prowess.

Details:
Registrants are provided with the text, Wine Appellations of Ontario – An Introductory Course for Wine Knowledge. Tastings are an important component of the course. Students are expected to taste as part of their online activities (cost of wine is not included in the registration fee).

Assessment for the course is ongoing and is based on quiz completion, forum participation and completion of other activities throughout the course.

Upon successful completion candidates are granted certification through the Cool Climate Oenology and Viticulture Institute at Brock University. In addition registrants can then elect to write the Wine Council of Ontario Certification (if not already completed).

Course Summary:

Duration of course: 5 weeks online study.
It is assumed that students have basic computer literacy, internet navigation skills and a reasonable standard of written and spoken English.

Method of study: The course utilizes Sakai, Brock University’s Learning Management System to allow students to study alongside their peers under the guidance of a CCOVI tutor. Each week includes a series of online group activities to help students gain understanding of the wines of Ontario.

Study materials: Upon receipt of course fee students will be provided with the text, Wine Appellations of Ontario – An Introductory Course for Wine Knowledge. Fourth Edition by Dave Larocque, Wine Culture for the Wine Council of Ontario. Wine Council of Ontario, 2015.

Study program: The course is based around a 5 week structured online program of approximately 6 hours of study per week. However, the course has no fixed study times, so students may plan their studies to suit their own schedule.

Tastings: Tastings are an important component of the course. Students are given a list of general styles which students will need to taste as part of their online activities. System requirements: As this course is taught online students will require access to a computer (recommended) and/or HTML5 compatible mobile or tablet with the following minimum requirements: Internet Explorer 9, Firefox 25.0, Safari 6, Chrome 30.0 or other HTML5 compatible web browser with Javascript and cookies** enabled. Adobe Reader XI or equivalent Internet access (broadband recommended)

Week 1: Course Introduction and Introduction to the World of Wine
Week 2: Origins of the Ontario Wine Industry, Appellation Systems and the Vintner’s Quality Alliance of Ontario
Week 3: Viticulture, Winemaking and Wine Styles
Week 4: Critical Sensory Assessment of
Wine Week 5: Understanding the relationship of food and wine Certification All successful registrants will be granted a certificate through the Cool Climate Oenology and Viticulture Institute Continuing Education Program suitable for framing.

OPTIONAL: Wine Council of Ontario examination: If not already taken, course registrants may write the additional certification through the Wine Council of Ontario. This examination will be written at Brock University. Please contact Barb Tatarnic at btatarnic@brocku.ca to set your exam date. This examination must be written within 1 year of the online course start date. 50 multiple-choice questions – one hour to complete. A Certificate of Merit is issued if the registrant receives 86% or better.

Contact us

For more information or to discuss your individual needs please Barb Tatarnic, Manager of Continuing Education and Outreach for the Cool Climate Oenology & Viticulture Institute:
905-688-5550  x4652
ccovi@brocku.ca