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Championing climate-resilient BC winemaking

November 7, 2023 at 5:30 pm - 9:00 pm

man in vineyard collecting grapes

Whether it’s extreme temperatures, drought or wildfires, British Columbia’s wine-growing industry is increasingly tackling climate-change challenges.

To find out how growers and producers are fortifying crop productivity and bolstering climate resilience, we’ve assembled a panel of experts who will share their insights, strategies, and initiatives. Alongside fellow UBC alumni and friends, attend this evening to learn more about the issues wine growers are facing and how innovation and research can ensure a sustainable, prosperous, and palatable future for BC wine.

Presented by alumni UBC in partnership with UBC Okanagan and UBC’s Faculty of Land and Food Systems.



Rhys Pender, MW – Wine Educator, consultant and winemaker


Christine Coletta, Co-Owner, Okanagan Crush Pad Winery

Gordon Fitzpatrick, MASc’72, PhD’77, President, Fitzpatrick Winery and Vineyard

Tony Holler, BSc’74, MD’79, Owner, Poplar Grove Winery

Tony Stewart, CEO, Quails Gate Estate Winery

Wesley Zandberg, Associate Professor, Department of Chemistry, Irving K Barber Faculty of Science, UBC Okanagan

Simone Castellarin, Professor and Canada Research Chair in Viticulture, Wine Research Centre, Faculty of Land and Food Systems, UBC

Registration opens: 5:30 pm
Reception: 6:00 – 6:30 pm
Panel Discussion: 6:30 – 8:00 pm
Reception 8:00 – 9:00 pm

Please reach out to Andrea Korecova at andrea.korecova@ubc.ca.


November 7, 2023
5:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Additional Info

Registration/RSVP Required
Yes (see event description)
Event Type
Environment and Sustainability, Lifestyle and Wellness, Research and Innovation
Alumni, Community, Faculty, Staff