ANA has announced that it will be working with wine connoisseur Ned Goodwin to create a bespoke red and white wine for passengers.

Available in business and first class from September, the wines have been blended to take into account the changes in taste and smell perception at altitude, with the white using South Australian grapes and the red designed to complement richer onboard dishes.

Japan’s first Master of Wine, Goodwin has worked as a sommelier, consultant and TV show host. He explains that “there are a number of factors that affect the taste of wine on board. Fruity, lighter wines are more suited to enjoyment in flight, while wines with a high acid or tannin content don’t hold up as well. So I worked with ANA to blend these wines with the optimal combination of varieties, to enhance the in-flight environment, giving international flight passengers a delectable gastronomic experience.”

ANA senior vice president for EMEA, Akira Nakamura, said:

“ANA is dedicated to delivering a five star service to its passengers, and for us that means a high-quality and personalised service that embodies Japanese culture. With our original blend of wines, we’re giving our business and first class passengers an opportunity to enjoy fine wines that have been uniquely crafted to suit heights of 30,000+ feet.”

ANA has also announced its wider 2017 in-flight wine list, selected by Goodwin and chef and sommelier, Katsuhito Inoue. Goodwin and Inoue were joined by members of ANA’s “The Connoisseurs” team, made up of ANA cabin crew members that hold sommelier qualifications, chefs of in-flight meals, and ANA staff responsible for service planning. Around 300 wines were chosen to be blind tasted, before a selection of 29 wines was made.

ANA’s premium wine selection for first class on international flights in FY2017
Type Origin Wine name
Champagne France Champagne Krug Grande Cuvée
France Champagne Jacquesson Cuvée  N740 *available for a limited time only between June and November 2017
Red wine France Château Gruaud Larose 2011
France Beaune 1er Cru Les Cent-Vignes , Domaine du Château De Meursault  2011
France Beaune 1er Cru Clos de la Mousse, Domaine Bouchard Père & Fils 2012
USA Duckhorn Vineyards Napa Valley Merlot 2013
USA rindo 2014
Portugal Andreza Grande Reserva Red 2013
France Domaine des Sénéchaux  Châteauneuf du Pape Rouge 2013
Chile Quintay Q Grand Reserva Syrah Casablanca Valley 2014
Japan SOLARIS JUVENTA Rouge 2013
White wine France Chablis 1er Cru Nicolas Potel 2014
USA Artesa Estate Reserve Chardonnay Carneros, Napa Valley 2014
France R de Rieussec 2015
South Africa Tamboerskloof Viognier 2016
New Zealand Waimea Family Estate Grüner Veltliner 2016
France Wolfberger Pinot Gris Grand Cru Pfersigberg 2014
Japan Ashicoco 2015
Port wine Portugal Graham’s 30 Years Old Tawny
*The wine offer varies depending on the route
        ANA’s premium wine selection for business class on international flights in FY2017
Type Origin Wine name
Champagne France Champagne Lombardi Cuvée Brut Axiome
France Champagne Collet Brut Art Déco
Red wine France Les Hauts de La Gaffeliere  2014
France Château Pey de Pont 2014
USA Drumheller Cabernet Sauvignon Columbia Valley 2014
Spain Valcanto Garnacha Tintorera 2013
Argentine Trapiche Broquel Pinot Noir  2015
Australia Fox Creek Shadow’s Run Shiraz Cabernet Merlot 2014
Australia Sylph South Australia Ned Goodwin MW Selection 2017
White wine Italy Colterenzio Altkirch Chardonnay Alto Adige DOC 2015
Chile Max Reserva Chardonnay 2016
USA Drumheller Chardonnay Columbia Valley  2014
New Zealand Yealands Estate Land Made Pinot Gris 2016
South Africa Cederberg Sauvignon Blanc 2016
Australia Nymph South Australia Ned Goodwin MW Selection 2017
Rosé wine France Figuière Cuvée Magali Rosé 2016 *available for a limited time only between June and August 2017
*The wine offer varies depending on the route