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Vinotopia Asia is honoured to  offer the most internationally recognised Sake Professional Qualification - International Kikisake-Shi course established by the Sake Service Institute (SSI) which was founded in 1991 with the goal to educate and promote the understanding of Sake culture globally.


Our center is conveniently located on the Hong Kong Island and we aim to provide quality program with hand-picked Sake that are most appropriate to the course syllabus, Our experienced tutors will not only cover the course materials but will also be sharing industry insights and personal stories.

Successful Kikisake-shi will be granted a certificate and certification badge from SSI INT’L.

Topics Covered

  • Introduction to the different types of alcoholic beverages

  • Raw material / Ingredients that make sake

  • Production process of sake

  • Classification by flavor characteristics (4 main types of sake)

  • History of  sake

  • Understanding labels of sake

  • Sake servicing & etiquette 

  • Formulation of sake promotion campaign 

  • Sake tasting

Assessment / Examination

Done in three parts with 3 Papers.
Part 1 : Knowledge of alcoholic beverages and sake (Multiple choice + short answer questions)
Paper 2 : Questions on sake service and promotion  (Multiple choice + short answer questions)
Paper 3 : Quality evaluation through tasting and knowledge on servicing (Blind tasting with Short Written Questions)

70% correct to pass



Total 18 hours course time tasting around 30 specially selected sakes


HKD 8200 / person

Early-bird Special : $7600 (3 weeks before course commencement date)

Super Special Launch Offer: $6980 ( For first launch course only)

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​Course Schedule

SSI001 Cantonese class with Chinese teaching material

 Friday 7:00 – 10:00pm

April 26

May 3, 10, 17, 24, 31

Exam T.B.A

SSI 002 Cantonese class with Chinese teaching material

Tuesday 7:00 - 10:00pm

June 18, 25 

July 2, 9, 16, 23 

Exam T.B.A

SSI 003 English class with English teaching material

Tuesday 7:00 - 10:00pm

Aug 13, 20, 27 Aug

Sept 3, 10, 24 

Exam T.B.A


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*** Tailored private classes for 6+ pax are available upon request.
Please contact us on (852) 3897 9611 / (852) 9730 4028 or by email

Under the law of Hong Kong, intoxicating liquor must not be sold or supplied to a minor in the course of business. 根據香港法律,不得在業務過程中,向未成年人售賣或供應令人醺醉的酒類 。

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