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Education: Seminar for Sake specialists

You are fascinated by sake and you would like to know more about “Japan’s National Drink”. We offer several seminars and courses to learn more and deepen your knowledge of sake.

Frau Yoshiko Ueno-Müller

UENO GOURMET offers a variety of courses for sommeliers and connoisseurs


  • WSET Level 1 Award in Sake
  • WSET Level 3 Award in Sake
  • Sake-Workshop for the ICC certified sommelier course
  • Advanced sommelier for sake („Fachsommelier“)

Here you find current courses and further information:
German Wine and Sommelier School

Furthermore we offer individual courses and events as follows:

  • Sake – Tradition and in modern times
  • Sake tastings with various food
  • UMAMI & Japanese aromas
  • Individual tastings and sake pairing menus on request
  • Staff training for hospitality and trade


With over 5000 members the Japan Sommelier Association is one of the largest sommelier associations in the world. In recent years they put a focus on Sake and delevoped the Sake Diploma certification.   

This is the first time, that this exam (in English Laguage) will be held in Europe.

If you register for the certifaction you will receive a 210-pages textbook for self study. 

The course book is aimed at sommeliers and devotes many pages to the theory and practice of sake-tasting and food-pairing with sake. The exam will take place on October 14th in Frankfurt. In order to prepare for the exam, participation in a one-day workshop incl. tasting of sake and shochu (bookable only for the exam participants) on October 13th is recommended. After passing the exam, a separate fee for certification is due.

Date: 13 October 2019 (Workshop), 14 October 2019 (Examination)

Location: Frankfurt a.M.

Fees: Exam 220 € incl. English-language course book for self-study. Workshop for exam preparation 199 €.

Only for passed participants: Certification 180 €.


Outline of J.S.A. Sake Diploma Examination 2019 in Germany

UENO GOURMET GmbH (Kronberg in Germany) is the official partner for the J.S.A.SAKE DIPLOMA Exam in Europe.

Application Period
Starts  Thursday, June 27, 2019
Ends   Thursday, September 12, 2019

*If all the available slots are filled before the end date, the registration will be closed.

Date of the exam:
Monday, October 14, 2019


  • 12:00-12:50 Arrival registration
  • 12:50-13:00 Orientation
  • 13:00-13:40 Tasting exam Sake: 4 items / Shochu or Awamori: 2 items
  • 14:00-15:00 Written exam
  • 15:15-15:35 Short essay exam
  • 15:35 End of the exam

*Schedule may change.
*Questions for the exam are mainly taken out of the English version of J.S.A.SAKE DIPLOMA Textbook.
*Questions and answers are all in English.

Frankfurt am Main, Germany

* Please check the address of the venue shown on the invitation. The invitation will be sent out to your mail address 2-3 weeks before the day of the exam.

Exam fee  (tax included)
220 € incl. VAT 19% 

* The J.S.A.SAKE DIPLOMA ENGLISH (issued on May 2019) textbook is included in the above fee and will be sent to all applicants.

* You must be 18 years old or above on the day of the exam.
* Nationality, occupation, work experience do not matter.

How to apply to the exam
Payment of exam fee

Please first send your application form to UENO GOURMET GmbH and then make a payment following the invoice that will be sent to you.

*The exam fee is non-refundable

Sending the application form
Please fill in the application form, attach your photo (also acceptable as jpg), sign, and send everything to us via post or via e-mail ( no later than Thursday, September 12, 2019

Please send your application to the following address:
Bahnhofstr. 7a
61476 Kronberg

TEL +49 6173-940686
FAX +49 6173-940687

Result announcement
Exact date to be announced later.
Announcement will be posted on J.S.A. website.
Applicants will also be notified by e-mail. 

Certification Process 
If you pass, there will be an additional registration fee of 180 € incl. VAT 19% in order to be entitled to certification and receive the badge/certificate.

Workshop for Exam Preparation
For a better preparation to the exam, a workshop is available for the participants of the exam on October 13, 2019 (10:00 -18:00), the day before exam. The workshop is organized by UENO GOURMET GmbH independently from J.S.A., and the participation is not mandatory.

Workshop fee: 199 € incl. VAT 19% 

Booking: until September 12, 2019 via mail to

J.S.A. Sake Diploma Webseite

Application form for J.S.A. SAKE DIPLOMA (PDF)

For further information send us an email or call at +49 (0) 6173 940 686.