Viticulture and Wine Studies

Food, Wine and Tourism
Jonathan Rouse

Jonathan Rouse
Director - Food, Wine and Tourism
Associate Dean - Okanagan School of Business

Jonathan Rouse is the Director for Food, Wine and Tourism and Associate Dean Okanagan School of Business at Okanagan College. Jonathan has a varied background beginning as an exploration geologist for leading mining corporations, as well as a senior mineralogical land use analyst for government. For the past 20 years, Jonathan has been active in tourism development and education, with particular interest in sustainability and program development. Prior to moving to the Okanagan, Jonathan was the Dean for the School of Hospitality and Business at Vancouver Community College, responsible for a range of international initiatives and programming, including the development of Canada’s first Aboriginal Culinary program in conjunction with the Four Host First Nations in preparation for hosting the World during the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics. Jonathan currently sits on the Board of Directors for the Canadian Tourism Human Resource Council and the Tourism Industry Association of BC; and is a past Board member for Go2 and Tourism Vancouver.

Viticulture Diploma Program

 Dr. Gabriel Balint

Dr. Gabriel Balint
Viticulture Diploma Program

Dr. Gabriel Balint joins Okanagan College as Professor and Chair of the new Viticulture Technician Diploma Program delivered at the Penticton campus beginning Fall 2017. Gabriel has more than 20 years experience working in the wine and grape industry, teaching and conducting research. He has taught face to face, hybrid, online and extension classes at University of Agronomy “Ion Ionescu de la Brad”, Iasi, Romania, Brock University (ON), Harrisburg Community College (PA), Oregon State University. 

He holds a  Bachelor of Science (Horticulture) with a major in Grape and Winemaking (University of Agronomy, Iasi, RO), MSc (University of Agronomy, Iasi) and PhD in Enology and Viticulture from Brock University (CA). He also took his Sommelier certificate with Niagara College (ON). 

Gabriel believes in learning by doing and is focusing on the concept “vine to wine,” since the grape grower work is ultimately reflected in the quality of the wine.

   
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Eric Vukicevich
Viticulture Diploma Program

Joining the Viticulture department in 2017, Eric brings both practical and theoretical experience to the program.  Eric has worked on vineyards in many roles from handwork, irrigation, and tractor work to supervisory and management roles in the Sierra Foothills and Central Coast of California.  He is currently in the process of completing a doctorate in soil microbial ecology at UBC Okanagan, collaborating with researchers at the Summerland Research and Development Centre as well as growers in the south Okanagan.  He received a B.S. in Wine and Viticulture from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo in 2010.

As an instructor, Eric’s focus at OC is to provide students with an understanding of the fascinating processes that underlie vineyard health within the context of real-world vineyard practices.  

   

Michael Molloy
Viticulture Diploma Program
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Continuing Studies 
Wine Studies and Viticulture Certificate Programs

 
 

Viticulture Certificate Program

Victoria Carey

Victoria Carey
Viticulture Certificate

An experienced post-secondary viticulture educator and researcher, PhD Viticulture Stellenbosch University, South Africa, Victoria’s aims to pass on knowledge in an interesting and understandable way so that the students can see the practical applications of the theoretical knowledge. Her focus is on developing students’ ability to be continuous learners who can problem solve by unlocking knowledge from existing sources, both academic and industry based, as well as sharing their own knowledge and experience.

Dr. Victoria Carey lent her curriculum development expertise to the OC Viticulture Certificate revisions in late 2013 and taught as guest lecturer in the 2014 program.

Trevor Hammond  

Trevor Hammond
Viticulture Certificate

Trevor Hammond joined OC in the winter of 2017. Originally from Collingwood, Ontario, he was dragged out west by his family, but promptly returned to his roots so he could finish school with friends. Only after participating in horticulture workshops at the University of Guelph did he find his passion for plants. Another cross-Canada trip led him to discover the fertile soils of the Okanagan Valley. After completing his certification of Viticulture at Okanagan College, he led his first vintage at Tinhorn Creek.

Over the years, Trevor has developed an extensive knowledge of terroir. He has gotten his hands dirty in the sands of the Black Sage Bench, rocky river bed soils of the Golden Mile, clays of Lillooet, and silty-clay soils of the Skaha Lake Bench.

Trevor is highly regarded among his peers as an elite vineyard manager with an extensive work ethic and strong understanding of vine health. When he’s not tending to the vines, he is fly fishing, hiking, mountain biking and snowboarding.

 

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Mireille Sauvé
Wine 21

Mireille is one of Canada’s most acclaimed Wine Professionals, and the founder of Vancouver’s most established wine industry consulting firm, The Wine Umbrella. A 25+ year veteran of the wine and restaurant industries, Mireille graduated with honours from George Brown College’s Sommelier Program, earning her the title of ‘Canada’s Youngest Sommelier’ in August of 1997.

Throughout her career, she has completed a Winemaking Apprenticeship  (Hedges Cellars in Washington State, USA), earned multiple gold medals for her restaurant wine programs, and established Western Canada’s first Wine Australia office. Mireille founded The Wine Umbrella consulting company in 2005 with many international and local clients in addition to wine writing for various publications and featuring regularly as Wine Expert on radio and TV.

She holds many professional certifications as a wine educator and her latest project is to direct and hold the position of Winemaker for the Dames Wine – a fundraising initiative that raises money for BC women’s educations in the food & beverage fields.

 

Wine Sales Certificate

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Luke Whittall
Wine Sales Certificate

Luke is a wine industry professional, wine writer, and educator. With years of first-hand experience working in vineyards, cellars, wine stores, wine shops, and management, he has a vast amount of personal involvement in the wine industry. 

Having completed WSET Advanced in 2007, he is now currently working his way through the WSET Diploma. He is also working on his first book about the history of the wine industry in BC which will be published by Whitecap Books.

 

 

Winery Assistant Certificate


Karine Lawrence

Karine Lawrence
Winery Assistant Certificate

A French agrifood engineer who holds a Master of Food Science with 10 years of experience in the Canadian wine and food industry. Karine teaches students in the Winery Assistant Certificate program various sensory evaluation methods designed to evaluate and characterize wine objectively. Karine also provides advanced professional development to winemakers, lab and quality control technicians and is an active researcher.

Christine Leroux

Christine Leroux
Winery Assistant Certificate

After obtaining her Bachelor's degree in Biology from the University of Quebec in Montreal, Christine Leroux decided to pursue her dream of working in the wine industry.

Leroux went to study oenology at the University of Bordeaux in France. She then worked in Australia, in California and then returned to the Canadian wine industry with employment at Inniskillin in Ontario. Working in Ontario led her to the opportunity to become the winemaker for Inniskillin Okanagan.

After working at Inniskillin Okanagan for two years, Christine started her own winemaking consulting business for small and medium size wineries.

 Leandro Nosal  

Leandro Nosal
Winery Assistant Certificate

Leandro Nosal joins the Okanagan College with an accumulation of ten years of international experience. Leandro completed his degree in Agricultural Engineering, specializing in Viticulture and Enology at Argentina’s Universidad Nacional de Cuyo in Mendoza. He also has a European Master of Science in Viticulture and Enology. His winemaking journey began at Kendall-Jackson Wine Estates California, USA, one of the World’s Top 50 Most Admired Wine Brands and continued on to some of the most renowned wine regions in the world, including Baja California, Mexico; Mendoza, Argentina; Marlborough, New Zealand and a harvest at Tawse Winery, in Ontario where he fell in love with Canada. This eventually brought him back here. 

Most recently Leandro was working at La Stella Winery in Osoyoos, B.C. where he spent two years as the Assistant Winemaker, becoming knowledgeable about the many microclimates, soil compositions and growing conditions of the Okanagan Valley. He strongly believes that the excellence of a wine is born in the vineyard, and that the Okanagan Valley in all its complex terroirs, offers endless possibilities for truly great wines. 

Leandro is also a steward for the sustainability of the wine industry in the valley, constantly looking for innovative approaches to reduce the environmental impact, and improve the quality of the wine production.

Scott Robinson

Scott Robinson
Winery Assistant Certificate

Scott is alumnus of the Okanagan College Winery Assistant Certificate and has ten years of experience in the wine industry. He received his Masters in Oenology from the University of Adelaide and has completed vintages in New Zealand and Australia. Scott worked as winemaker at La Frenz winery from 2009-2013. In addition to his role as winemaking instructor, Scott is now winemaker/owner of his own small winery in the Okanagan and consults. He enjoys helping students connect theory with practical application.

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