Wine Islands Network for Enology @ UVic (Wine @ UVic)
The recently formed WINE @ UVic programme is aimed at making available the resources of a research intensive university to support Vancouver Island and Gulf Islands producers to make good on their potential through production-oriented research, support and education. Such a partnership also facilitates hand-on research opportunities for both undergraduate and graduate students providing valuable experiential learning and skills development working alongside our dynamic islands wine producers.
Industry-academic research partnerships have proven critical for wine growing regions around the world in meeting their potential. The growing international recognition of Vancouver & Gulf Islands wines underscores our region's potential and while research partnerships are not rare, a coherent research agenda responsive to the unique challenges and opportunities of the Wine Islands has yet to coalesce. The Wine Islands Network for Enology or WINE @ UVic is a research initiative based at UVic addressing questions related to the local production of grape growing (viticulture) and wine production (enology) in addition to consumer sensory and market analyses. Setting of research priorities as well as conducting research are both done in collaboration with growers and winemakers.
We are currently recruiting students and PDFs interested in conducting research in one of North America's most exciting and dynamic wine growing regions. Contact jpv at uvic dot ca for more information.