The UBC Wine Research Centre offers unique opportunities for people to learn about grapes and wine — whether you are pursuing credit courses, enhancing your professional knowledge, or advancing your research — we have a diverse range of courses, laboratories and workshops to explore.
Our centre operates out of two campuses, both set within key regions of the BC wine territory, and which provide exceptional resources along with leading UBC researchers with deep expertise in a range of disciplines.
From growing wines to tasting them, we embrace a spirit of teaching and learning that will benefit anyone embarking on their wine education journey. We encourage you to explore our courses, laboratories, workshops, and co-ops and connect with us to find the right program for your interests.
Academic Campus Connections
The dual-campus Wine Research Centre has been created by the Faculty of Management and the Irving K. Barber Faculty of Science on UBC’s Okanagan campus, and Land and Food Systems on UBC’s Vancouver campus. The Wine Research Centre is part of the Social Economic Change Laboratory (SE-CHANGE) and has interdisciplinary connections in research, teaching and learning across the UBC community on both campuses and beyond.
We offer courses for undergraduate students on a range of subjects from viticulture and oenology to marketing, industry analysis, terroir, and soil science.
We offer a number of opportunities for graduate students to engage with learning and research about wine.
Wine Sector Co-op Specialization
The Wine Sector Co-op Specialization offers students the opportunity to learn through work experience in the wine industry, and employers the chance to hire highly motivated and capable employees. It is a new program led by Interdisciplinary Co-op at UBC’s Okanagan campus, in collaboration with the Wine Research Centre.
The WRC is dedicated to creating learning opportunities for the industry and the wider public, from workshops to online conferences to specific industry-focused forums.
Wine Leaders Forum
The Wine Leaders Forum is a program for wine leaders over the course of three to four days in a retreat-style setting. The next edition of the Forum will be held in Napa, April 2021.
Industry Workshops and Seminars
Annual industry workshops and seminars are held in different locations across B.C., usually in late fall. Intended for wine makers, winery owners, wine professionals and other industry members. Details for 2021 workshops to be confirmed.
The Wine Research Centre is in the process of developing further wine related courses and programs, at undergraduate, graduate and extended learning levels.