The UBC Wine Research Centre, located at UBC's Okanagan Campus, is launching a new Wine Tasting Ability (WTA) course in collaboration with France's University of Bordeaux, Institut des Sciences de la Vigne et du Vin (ISVV). 

This unique program, taught by ISVV Professor, Dr. Axel Marchal, and the Director of the UBC Wine Research Centre, Dr. Jacques-Olivier Pesme, is the first of its kind to be launched outside of France

Level One of the Wine Tasting Ability (WTA) BC Canada program develops foundational knowledge and skills in wine and wine tasting. It is the first level of a newly proposed 3-level WTA BC Canada program being developed through the UBC and University of Bordeaux collaboration. In WTA BC Canada Level One, learners develop foundational knowledge and skills in wine and wine tasting, with course topics including:

  • Wine tasting principles and the different steps to taste a wine
  • Introduction to the main vine varietals and their characteristics
  • The vocabulary of wine tasting
  • Introduction to wine-making principles and the different types of wines
  • Major wine regions of France and wine regions of BC

The 1-day, 8-hour Level One course will be offered on July 18 and July 20. The in-person course is designed for participants over 19 years of age from all backgrounds who have some familiarity with the world of wine, and who work or expect to work in the wine and hospitality industry.

Visit the UBC website for more information and to register