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Brock’s Cool Climate Oenology and Viticulture Institute (CCOVI) has decided to postpone its upcoming Triggs International Premium Vinifera Lecture Series one year, from August 2021 to 2022.


Held every two years in vineyards both in the Niagara Region and British Columbia, the lecture series has been postponed until 2022 due to uncertainties surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic.


The lecture series seeks to bring industry professionals together in both provinces to hear insights from international experts on the latest viticulture developments and research.


The decision to delay the event is meant to ensure that the series can be headlined by an international speaker, as well as to provide a safe environment where attendees feel comfortable. Hosting the event at a later date also allows the institute to pool more resources together to help to provide more support to the grape and wine industry in Niagara.


“While we are disappointed that we will not be able to bring our industry together to learn from our expert speakers, we continue to put everyone’s health, safety and networking ability above all else,” said Barb Tatarnic, CCOVI’s Outreach Manager. “We will continue to work diligently with our steering and advisory committees to provide the amazing lecture series that our industry looks forward to as soon as it is safe to do so. We can’t wait to welcome you all back to learn between the vines together again soon.”


The Triggs International Premium Vinifera Lecture Series began in 2004 thanks to a sizable donation from industry leaders Donald and Elaine Triggs that got the project off the ground. It originated as a means of attracting and showcasing to world leaders the process involved in the cultivation of premium vinifera grapes. Since then, the event has continued to bring educational opportunities to Ontario and British Columbia stakeholders, growers, researchers and students for close to two decades.


The upcoming series hopes to continue the trend of series past and provide those interested or directly involved in the business of grape growing, viticulture and winemaking with access to the most current developments in those industries. While the latest series is now not due to be held for another two years, full videos and slides from past lectures are available on the CCOVI webpage for viewing.

To find out more about the Triggs International Premium Vinifera Lecture Series, interested individuals can monitor the Brock CCOVI web page at for updates. Those with questions about the series are encouraged to email Sarah Ackles, communications specialist for CCOVI, at [email protected].