The Sake Sommelier Association (SSA) is an independent organisation formed to develop the understanding, education, and appreciation of Japanese sake. Founded in 2006, it is the first and only UK-based organisation that is solely committed to sake education and promotion around the world.


As well as providing Sake Sommelier certification in a number of countries in Europe, North America, and Asia, the SSA also organises two annual competitions; the Sake Sommelier of the Year, designed to award the work of exceptional sake experts, and the London Sake Challenge, which recognises the most outstanding premium sake on the market, rewarding and promoting the work of sake breweries both internationally and within Japan.


The Sake Sommelier Association strives to advance the global appreciation and consumption of sake, as well as increase the opportunities for students to learn its rich cultural history.

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