The Cool Climate Oenology and Viticulture Institute (CCOVI) is dedicated to offering innovative support services to the grape and wine community.
Whether it be industry sponsored conferences, workshops, lecture series or analytical services, CCOVI advances technology and knowledge transfer throughout the industry. In consultation with the industry, the institute is continually developing new outreach programs. CCOVI’s outreach services are pivotal in helping with the growth and sustainability of the grape and wine industry.
Grapevines are susceptible to many virus and virus-like agents that can negatively impact the health and quality of grapevine and its products. Detection is a first-step in the management of grapevine virus diseases.
At Brock University’s Cool Climate Oenology and Viticulture Institute, we offer highly sensitive and accurate molecular virus diagnostics through CCOVI’s virus testing services to help manage the health status of grapevines. CCOVI virus testing services is your resource for detection.
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Provides grape growers with comparative levels of bud hardiness for cultivars at different locations throughout the dormant period, which assists grape growers in managing winter injury.
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Sour rot is a recurring problem in early season thin-skinned, tight-clustered grape varieties (Pinot noir, Pinot gris, Riesling, Gewurztraminer, Gamay and Baco noir) and has been responsible for more than $1.5 million in crop loss in a given season in the Ontario region, when weather conditions promote infection.
CCOVI has assembled an Outreach Brief to help the industry addresses the challenges associated with Sour Rot: Download Tips For Managing Sour Rot in the Winery