From 2019-12-02 09:00:00 to 2019-12-02 17:00:00
Venue: アカデミー・デュ・ヴァン 青山校 Academie du Vin (Aoyama school)

Italy and Spain have a long history and tradition in viticulture. Blessed with a warm Mediterranean climate, the wines of these two countries are rich in variety. There are 526 Italian PDO (Protected Denomination of Origin) and PGI (Protected Geographic Indication) wines, and a total of 130 in Spain. However, because of its great diversity, it may be difficult for foreign consumers to understand. Native Grapes Academy, an educational project co-financed by the European Union (EU), aims to make the EU marks of quality and denominations easier to understand, as well as spreading information on European quality wines. As part of this project, the Native Grapes Academy will host a “Native Grape Odyssey (NGO) Maestro Course” in Tokyo in December. The course is aimed at wine professionals (sommeliers, wine journalists, importers, etc.), and it will be held this year, from December 2 (Mon) to 6 (Fri). The objective will be studying in-depth Italian and Spanish wines, completing the mere analysis of the wine itself by adding elements from the local culture, gastronomy, and history, which are closely related to the wine production in Italy and Spain. The instructors will be two experts of Italian wine, as proved by their title of Italian Wine Ambassador released by the educational body Vinitaly International Academy: they are the Academie Du Vin instructor Irving So, and Wellspring Wines director Roddy Ropner. Participants will also have access to educational material drawn up exclusively for the aforementioned course, updated using the most recent studies in the field of wine. The NGO Maestro course is in fact designed to combine tradition and modernity: bringing together the wine knowledge handed down to us by our ancestors and the most recent scientific innovations. Native Grapes Academy will also realize a walk around tasting on Friday, December 6th, which will gather about 50 Italian and Spanish wineries, for a total of more than 100 European wines to be tasted. Don’t miss this tasting and networking opportunity! Are you ready to leave for a journey through time and space to discover the secrets of Italian and Spanish wines?


1. Native Grape Odyssey Maestro course

* The course and the exam will be conducted in English.

Date: December 2nd (Mon) – 6th (Fri), 2019

Time: 9: 00-16: 00 (6th only: 9: 00-14: 00)

Venue: Academie du Vin (Aoyama school)

(〒 150-0001 5-53-67 Jingumae, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo Cosmos Aoyama Garden Floor B2F) Access

Participation fee: participation to the course will be covered by the European Union.

Requirements: basic knowledge of viticulture and wine brewing (WSET level 2 or above), as well as being able to follow a course in English

* As a condition for the application, we kindly ask you to fill out this anonymous questionnaire.

Apply for the course

Deadline: November 25 24:00 (JST)

2. Walk Around Tasting

Date: December 6, 2019 (Friday)

Time: 14: 00-17: 00

Venue: Academie du Vin (Aoyama school)

(〒 150-0001 5-53-67 Jingumae, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo Cosmos Aoyama Garden Floor B2F) Access

* Free admission/reservation required

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About: Native Grape Odyssey (NGO) is a brand of the Native Grapes Academy (NGA) project. NGA is a project financed by the European Union and managed by Unione Italiana Vini and Interprofessional del Vino de España (OIVE) for the promotion of PDO and PGI European wines abroad, in particular in three countries: Japan, Canada, and Russia. In order to achieve this, the NGA educational program will organize wine seminars, workshops, and b2b meetings both in these countries and in Verona, Italy, inviting wine experts and influencers from these countries. These events, realized across the span of three years (2019-21) aim to create awareness about European native grapes abroad, as well as the wines produced from them, in particular, Italian and Spanish wines, which share a long tradition and a high standard of quality.