Charles Bénard is close to the wine industry, but far from home. His parents manage the Champagne Bénard-Pitois vineyard and winery in France, and Bénard himself is a second-year student at AgroSup Dijon, the French national institute for food and agronomic sciences. But for his internship he chose to come to Canada, specifically to Brock University’s grape and wine research centre, the Cool Climate Oenology and Viticulture Institute (CCOVI).
Bénard feels a CCOVI internship will further his knowledge about the sector, and says being exposed to research at Brock will advance his career goal of working in the grape and wine industry.
“Brock and CCOVI works a lot on wines, and since I am from Champagne, I didn’t see a lot of different methods [at home],” he said. “I saw that Canada makes a lot of wines with different grapes, so I said it would be great to observe this in another country with different methods than in Champagne.” The young French national is a sign of the times.
Merci à Jean-Jules Marechal