Welcome to the UBC Wine Research Centre


The Wine Research Centre (WRC) is the focal point for grape and wine industry research and education at The University of British Columbia (UBC). Our core mission is to support the development of a sustainable and effective Canadian grape and wine industry through world-class research, excellence in wine education, practical solutions and knowledge mobilization.

UBC is a global centre for teaching, learning and research, consistently ranked among the top 20 public universities in the world and recently recognized as North America’s most international university.

EVENT: FACT-B French Ameri-Can Climate Talks: Biodiversity

May 24, 2022 | 5-7:30 p.m. | Innovation Centre, Kelowna, B.C.

In all wine-producing regions of the world, the effects of global warming on the vine are visible and the resulting aromatic characteristics of the grapes and wine are changing. The effects of climate change on vine growth are multiple: late frosts, rainy summers or periods of intense drought, destruction by forest fires and the impact of smoke on the grape bunch, water stress, etc. To counterbalance these changes, the solutions are diverse, and range from the modification of cultivation practices to the use of genetics or the chemical transformation of wines. This transition to new practices must be accompanied by a dialogue between the various stakeholders involved in the sector: scientists, wine growers, citizens, associations, and public authorities. This roundtable will focus on sharing and learning from experiences around the world to better understand how we can work together and address these critical issues.

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  • Does identity matter for the BC wine-producing territory?
    While many people may have an image of what the Okanagan wine region looks like, researchers at UBC’s Wine Research Centre (WRC) say there is a lot more to the identity of a wine region and the wider territory than what many might think.
  • Wine Vision 2040
    Wine Vision 2040, an online conference the UBC Wine Research Centre hosted June 25th, 2020, brought together leading wine leaders, communities, and researchers from around the world and attracted registrants from more than 30 countries with 221 attendees for an engaging conversation on the future of wine.
  • UBC Okanagan uncorks new Wine Research Centre headquarters
    The renowned wine region of BC’s Okanagan Valley now boasts a new research hub, as UBC shifts the headquarters of its acclaimed Wine Research Centre (WRC) from its Vancouver campus to its Kelowna-based campus.

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