International Exchange


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  • (左から)Alain Blanchard所長,髙橋姿学長,Manuel Tunon de Lara学長,高橋均日本酒学センター長

source:© Hugues Bretheau – Université de Bordeaux

Establishment of Exchange Agreements with the University of Bordeaux and the Institute of Vine & Wine Science

On Tuesday, January 15, Niigata University established an exchange agreement with the University of Bordeaux, as well as a faculty-level exchange agreement between the Niigata University Sakeology Center and the University of Bordeaux Institute of Vine and Wine Science (ISVV).

A ceremony was held to commemorate the occasion, and it was attended by university president Sugata Takahashi, as well as the head of the Niigata Prefectural Sake Research Institute and the chair of the Niigata Sake Brewers Association.

The Niigata University Sakeology Center was established in April of 2018, and the Center has engaged in a number of discussions with the ISVV, which is known for its vine and wine research, and which is located in Bordeaux, France, an iconic region known worldwide for its wine production.

This faculty-level exchange agreement was made possible through cooperation between Niigata University’s Sakeology Center, Niigata Prefecture, and the Niigata Sake Brewers Association, and was established with the aim of joint research and student exchange. Likewise, through the university-level exchange agreement, we aim to further research and student exchange, initially focusing on natural sciences before branching out into broader fields of research.

We hope that these agreements will not only expand academic and student exchange at Niigata University in the future, but that they will also serve as a first step toward establishing Niigata as an iconic region known worldwide for sake production.

2018.02.19 - 02.21

  • Overview of the Sakeology Center, at the University of Bordeaux ISVV
  • Entrance to the Cité du Vin Wine Museum
  • Exterior of the Cité du Vin Wine Museum, Featuring a Wine Glass Motif
  • Guest House at Château Lagrange

We paid a three-day visit to the world-famous wine-making region of Bordeaux, France, from February 19 through 21, 2018.
One of the main goals of this trip was to visit the world-famous Institute of Vine and Wine Science (ISVV) at the University of Bordeaux. ISVV Director Alain Blanchard provided an overview of the Institute, followed by a group discussion on future cooperation.
We also visited the Cité du Vin Wine Museum, which opened in 2016, as well as Château Lagrange, a Japanese-owned winery in Bordeaux; these visits provided ideas and considerations that may prove useful in establishing Niigata as a similarly world-famous producer of sake.
The Bordeaux region has come to be known worldwide for its wine, through collaboration between industry, government, and academia — both this collaboration and the ISVV’s efforts to date are likely to be highly informative for the Sakeology Center going forward.