by Dr. Debbie Inglis, CCOVI Director, Brock University, and Dr. Jim Willwerth, Viticulturist, CCOVI, Brock University.
How to build a better grape? That is a question commonly asked to researchers like ourselves at the Cool Climate Oenology and Viticulture Institute (CCOVI). Can you create a grape that would be resistant to disease and insects, survive extreme cold temperatures in winter, fully ripen in our growing season (whether it is hot and dry, or cold and rainy), and then produce the best wine ever? These are all the conditions we have in the erratic Ontario climate. Are we up for the challenge? You bet!