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.

2022 UBC Wine Leaders Forum in Napa Valley – Registration Now Open!

November 29th to December 2nd, 2022 | Napa Valley, USA

Since 2014, we have been hosting the annual UBC Wine Leaders Forum: a multi-day in-person retreat for winery owners and winemakers from British Columbia to explore the strategic issues facing the territory’s development, and to define a set of actions. We were unable to come together in 2020 and 2021 because of COVID, but we are back in 2022. 

Registration for the 7th edition of the Wine Leaders Forum, November 29th to December 2nd in Napa Valley, is now open!

Wine Leaders Forum program

Late afternoon on Tuesday 29th of November to late afternoon on Friday 2nd of December.

We will explore the lessons of Napa’s development, what being a sustainable winery entails, what it means to be an iconic wine, and farm worker health and housing. There will be wine tastings, and wine-food pairings.

The Forum features sessions at Cakebread and Opus One wineries, Napa Valley Vintners, Ole Health, Farm Worker Housing Centre, and the Culinary Institute of America.

Join us for the Forum in Napa with industry colleagues.

Who should attend: Current and next generation winery owners, principals, and winemakers.

Participants cover their own travel to/from Napa, accommodation, and subsistence – we have arranged preferential hotel rates in Napa Valley.

Photograph: Napa Valley, 2022, © Roger Sugden

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