Oenology and Viticulture

Life Sciences Programs

Oenology and Viticulture

OUAC Code:
Bachelor of Science
4-Year BSc (Honours) Oenology and Viticulture Co-op
Program Description:
Our four-year Honours Co-op program is designed to meet the growing needs of the grape and wine industries of cool climate regions. This degree program is the only one of its kind in Canada. The aim of the program is to provide a comprehensive scientific education combined with both hands-on and industrial experience in oenology and viticulture, along with exposure to marketing, tourism and wine appreciation. Since ‘wine begins in the field and ends in the glass,’ our graduates will be trained to work in the vineyard and the winery or may become owners and operators of vineyards and wineries. The program encompasses the scientific disciplines pertaining to the grape and wine industry including: sensory science, biochemistry, biotechnology, chemistry, microbiology, genetics, cell and molecular biology, plant physiology and environmental biology. Our graduates may pursue higher education in any of these disciplines. 

Industry experience is considered to be an essential part of our your preparation. In order to gain that experience, you participate in a minimum of three four-month work terms over the course of your four-year degree program. One of these work terms is in a vineyard setting and one is at a winery during harvest and crush. These work terms are paid positions that provide a meaningful, academically relevant employment experience within the grape and wine industry. 

With the BSc degree credits from Okanagan University College in British Columbia and from Nova Scotia Agricultural College may be eligible to transfer into Year 2 or 3 of our honours program. Exchange programs exist with Lincoln University in New Zealand, University of Udine in Italy, and Etablissement National d’Enseigement Superior Agronomique de Dijon in France. 

The one-year Certificate in Grape and Wine Technology program is designed for those individuals who have completed an undergraduate degree in biological sciences, chemistry, horticulture, food science, or some related area such as biotechnology or biochemistry. This program is also open to those individuals admissible to the university with relevant work experience in the grape and wine industry. 

Graduates from both the BSc in Oenology and Viticulture program and the Certificate in Grape and Wine Technology program experience a greater than 90 per cent employment rate within the Canadian and international grape and wine industries. The program of Oenology and Viticulture is associated for the purposes of research with the Cool Climate Oenology and Viticulture Institute (CCOVI).


• winemaker/winery consultant
• vineyard manager/consultant
• winery/vineyard proprietor
• sensory specialist
• oenology, viticulture, or biotechnology researcher

 * Please note that some careers may require additional professional or graduate qualifications.


Entrance Requirements:
MHF4U or MCV4U (min. 70%), SCH4U (min. 70%), two from SBI4U, SPH4U, SES4U, a second 4U math or ENG4U. Strongly recommended subjects: ENG4U.

Applicants with 65-69% in SCH4U will be considered for admission, but will be required to pass a chemistry proficiency test or complete Introductory Chemistry (CHEM 1P00) prior to enrolling in CHEM 1F92. 

Expected Cut-off:
Program Plan:

To see the courses that you will be taking within this program check the online Undergraduate Course Calendar 

OEVI Students

For more information contact
Heather Bellisario, Academic Advisor
905-688-5550 x4102