Workshops & Courses

Food, Wine and Tourism

Quench your thirst for knowledge

In addition to the Viticulture, Winery Assistant, and Wine Sales programs, Okanagan College's school of Food, Wine and Tourism offers a bounty of general interest events and courses for the wine and food enthusiast and professional development for professionals.

Students must be 19 years of age or older. 

White Varietals: B.C. vs the World

Sample B.C.’s top 5 white varietals and compare them against the
same varietals from other countries. Learn about those grapes and
what makes the wines taste different from each other.

Penticton: Mar 7, Thu, 7:00 – 9:00 p.m.

Grapevine Pruning Workshop 

Understand the important elements of pruning vines in this hands on workshop. The morning will be spent in class discussing theory and techniques. Bring a bag lunch and wear suitable clothing/footwear for afternoon field trip. Pruners will be provided.

PEN: Mar. 16, 2019, Sat, 8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. 
Understanding Food & Wine Pairing 

Enjoy an overview of wine styles, wine production and sensory evaluation of wine. A combination of theory and practical exercises cover factors in food and wine that affect pairing. You will learn about traditional pairings, the modern approach to pairing, and multi-course pairing with single and multiple wines. 

KEL: Jan. 7 - Mar. 18, 2019, 5:30 – 9:30 p.m. & Mar. 25, 2019, 1:30 - 9:30 p.m. 

Introduction to B.C. Wine

Explore the wines of British Columbia. Learn what makes B.C. wine
unique and how to enjoy, recommend and serve B.C. wines. This
course is excellent for servers, or those who want to learn more
about B.C.’s world-class wines.

Penticton: Mar 25 – Apr 15, Mon, 6:00 – 9:00 p.m.

History of B.C. Wine

The B.C. wine industry has a fascinating history that goes back
almost a century. Discover the stories and milestones that built the
B.C. wine industry to where it is today.

Penticton: Apr 2 – 16, Tue, 7:00 – 9:00 p.m.

U-Brew with a Pro

Learn the basics of brewing with a brewmaster originally from
Germany. A sophisticated brew system will be used to demonstrate
the steps involved in making a good all-grain beer without a beer kit.

Vernon: Apr 6, Sat, 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Introduction to Wine Chemistry

Gain the required chemical background to make informed decisions
on wine processing. Topics to be covered include the chemical and
biochemical aspects of winemaking, wine chemical compounds and
biochemical processes, and spoilage of wines.

Penticton: May 4 & 11, Sat, 9:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Rosé Styles: B.C. and around the World

An educational tasting session in the B.C. Wine Information Society
– Sensory Centre, to learn and experience rosé styles from B.C. and
around the world.

Penticton: May 7, Tue, 7:00 – 9:00 p.m.

Register for any of the above courses online at or call 1-866-510-8899.
Online course for wine servers

B.C. Wine Online Course 
B.C. wine is special because of the unique people and places in our province. This free, self-paced online course is intended to help you better understand B.C. wine history, regions, styles and food pairings. Register Now 


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