Championing climate-resilient BC winemaking

Whether it’s extreme temperatures, drought, or wildfires, British Columbia’s wine-growing industry is increasingly tackling climate-change challenges. To find out how growers and producers are fortifying crop productivity and bolstering climate resilience, we assembled a panel of experts who share their insights, strategies, and initiatives. Watch this webinar to learn more about the issues wine growers are facing and how innovation and research can ensure a sustainable, prosperous, and palatable future for BC wine.

Presented by alumni UBC in partnership with UBC Okanagan and UBC’s Faculty of Land and Food Systems.

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  • Rhys Pender, MW — Wine Educator, consultant and winemaker


  • Christine Coletta — Co-Owner, Okanagan Crush Pad Winery
  • Gordon Fitzpatrick, BA’83 — President, Fitzpatrick Winery and Vineyard
  • Tony Holler, BSc’74, MD’79  Owner, Poplar Grove Winery
  • Tony Stewart — CEO, Quails Gate Estate Winery
  • Wesley Zandberg — Associate Professor, Department of Chemistry, Irving K Barber Faculty of Science, UBC Okanagan
  • Simone Castellarin — Professor and Canada Research Chair in Viticulture, Wine Research Centre, Faculty of Land and Food Systems, UBC

Recorded November 7, 2023.