GLOBAL CIDER CONNECT
Global Cider Connect (GCC) is an initiative to promote cider and cider tourism in Japan that is sponsored by the Southern Nagano Cider Tourism Bureau and coordinated by inCiderJapan along with the NPO International Apple & Cidre Association. Conceived in 2019 and officially launched in October of 2020, GCC is working towards becoming a world-first six-nation cider collaboration. While Covid-19 has severely limited GCC’s progress, the project is ongoing.
Southern Nagano in Nagano Prefecture is home to the Ina River Valley, famous for the cherry blossoms, the 2600-meter Senjojiki curl, and the Komagatake Ropeway. It is also arguably the cider capital of Japan, with over 80 active independent cider makers. Southern Nagano works hard to preserve its well-established traditional crafts and performing arts including Kuroda puppetry and local Noh productions. The Central and Southern Alps are the backbone of the area, inspiring visitors with its naturalism and indigenous cuisine.
LINKS, UPDATES, AND INFORMATION
- 2019 Initial idea conception and pitch
- 2020-10-23 Official launch and kick-off meeting
- 2020-11 First round three-way meetings
- 2020-12 Second round three-way meetings
- 2021-XXX Third round three-way meetings
- 2021-XXX Fourth round three-way meetings