Hayato Kojima CWE, a certified wine educator and specialist from Japan, is a judge in the Decanter Asia Wine Awards (DAWA).

Hayato Kojima CWE

Hayato Kojima CWE is the president of wine education company Wine and Newlife, which he set up in 1997. He is a wine educator (first CWE in Asia), a wine author and a regular wine competition judge. Starting his wine career at Japan Airlines, Hayato was a wine educator for cabin attendants, and a committee member of in-flight wine selection. He trained 700 certified sommeliers over a period of 10 years with the airline.

As an author, Hayato won a Gourmand Cookbook Award in 2003 and 2015 with his wine text book “Test your knowledge of wine”, now published in Japanese and Korean. He judges in three major wine competitions in Japan. He is an official sherry educator, a certified sake taster, a beer judge and holds the title of Director Emeritus, Japan Chapter President of the Society of Wine Educators (USA) and has helped the foundation of Asian Chapters in Hong Kong, Singapore and Shanghai. He has been a Chevalier du Tastevin de Bourgogne since 2000. Hayato Kojima has been a Decanter Asia Wine Awards judge since 2012.