Viticulture and Wine Studies

Food, Wine and Tourism

Viticulture and Wine Studies

Wine and wine tourism are driving economic growth in the Okanagan region. There are emerging opportunities to start new businesses and provide innovative services. To support expansion in the wine industry, there is an increasing need for employees who understand all its aspects, from the essentials of grape growing and the science of wine making through to wine and winery sales and marketing. 

Okanagan College Continuing Studies Viticulture and Wine Studies programming was developed in conjunction with wine industry experts and is specifically designed to serve the needs of the wine industry. Instructors are experienced and respected practitioners, and students learn in the heart of B.C. wine country with opportunities to gain hands-on skills at local vineyards and award-winning wineries throughout the region. 

Viticulture Technician Diploma:

  • After a thorough review of the pilot program, we’ve made some minor updates to the delivery model and curriculum content to better align with the seasonality of the Okanagan region and the wine industry. These changes were recently approved and we anticipate the next intake will be Fall 2020. We encourage interested students to review the new course delivery model and admission requirements for the program. 

  • If you would like further information or to have your name added to the Interest list please contact

  • Please note, the next update regarding the Fall 2020 intake will be in November 2019.

Certificate Programs

Professional Development Opportunities

For individuals already employed in the wine industry who want to take their skills to a new level, Okanagan College Continuing Studies offers a variety of short courses on topics that include sensory evaluation, wine chemistry, the business of wine, and a wide range of first aid and safety courses for vineyard workers. Find a list of general interest courses and workshops for wine and food enthusiasts of all experience levels.

Visit the Continuing Studies website for more information or call 250-492-4305.

B.C. Wine Information Society Sensory Centre

Located in the heart of Okanagan wine country, the B.C. Wine Information Society Sensory Centre at Okanagan College’s Penticton campus is the region’s first educational facility of its kind.

The facility, which opened its doors in 2014, was created specifically for the sensory discovery and evaluation of wine and food.

The College offers a variety of courses and programs through the Sensory Centre for students and professionals looking to expand their knowledge in the growing wine and viticulture industries.

Customized food and wine seminars are also available at the state-of-the-art facility.

For more details on the Sensory Centre and customized training packages, access our information page

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