Cool Climate Chardonnay Celebration education sessions

Cool Climate Chardonnay Celebration education sessions

Each year as the kick-off to the International Cool Climate Chardonnay Celebration (i4C) held in Niagara, CCOVI along with the Grape Growers of Ontario, host an educational session aimed at winemakers, grape growers and wine media interested in learning more about chardonnay production around the world.

2014 Event 

The 2014 event is now over, see the program below or click here to read the story. Stay tuned for information on the 2015 event when it becomes available. 


Join special guests Tim Atkin (MW), Christy Canterbury (MW), Blake Gray (wine journalist, cool climate advocate) and eleven of the brightest talents in the world of Cool Climate viticulture and winemaking as they explore three provocative topics.

This newly-formatted day includes three interactive sessions featuring a global panel of experts. Renowned Master Sommelier John Szabo will chair the panels, and Keynote Speaker Tim Atkin will present his keynote address. A walk-around tasting of all 117 Chardonnays of the 2014 event and a light lunch will follow the sessions. Parking included in the ticket price. Special guest speakers sponsored by Wine Country Ontario.

The sessions covered during the event included:

TECHNO VS TECH-NO: Explore the role of innovation and technology in the cellar. Sample Chardonnay crafted leveraging advancements in winemaking technology.

Panellists Tim Atkin (MW, Keynote), Ron Giesbrecht (Niagara College), Jeremy Dineen (Josef Chromy, Tasmania) and Shiraz Mottiar (Malivoire Wine Co., Niagara). Session sponsored by Vines to Vintages

YIELD IN CONTEXT: Discuss the traditional perceptions of yield as it relates to wine quality; put in context with other important viticultural factors.

Panellists Christy Canterbury (MW), Dimitri Balzacs (Champy, France), Mattias Oppenlaender (Grape Growers of Ontario), Dr. Jim Willwerth (CCOVI) and Matt Lane (Peter Lehmann, Australia). Session sponsored by the Grape Growers of Ontario

THE LIVING VINE: THE VITICULTURAL CONTINUUM: Debate the factors that influence viticultural practices including philosophy, budget, microclimate, and taste.

Panelists W. Blake Gray (journalist), Miguel Torres Jr (Torres), Ann Sperling (Southbrook, Niagara and  Sperling Vineyards, BC), and Sebastian Jacquey (Le Clos Jordanne, Niagara). Session sponsored by CCOVI at Brock University

The day concludes with a walk-around tasting of the 100+ Chardonnays of i4c 2014 and a sandwich buffet luncheon.

A sold-out crowd of winemakers, grape growers and indusstry professionals gather
A sold-out crowd of winemakers, grape growers and indusstry professionals gathered July 18 to hear from international experts about Chardonnay production