The secret is starting to emerge from Japan. Japanese wines are beginning to make headlines abroad and people are pleasantly surprised by what they have found. We recently came across a great article from the Weekender that gives a fun introduction to the world of Japanese wine. These beautiful Japanese wines, such as the ones from Suntory's Tomi No Oka Winery, can be found right here at Liquor Burn Gion in Kyoto. We also have a guidebook for Japanese wine on liquorburn.com.
Here is an excerpt from the article on Weekender:
From the Land of the Rising Sun where sake rules, Japanese wines are gradually ascending to the world stage.
I was surprised to find that Japan has a long heritage of winemaking. Tomi Farm, now called Suntory Tomi No Oka Winery, was started in 1909.
Yamanashi Prefecture, where the winery is located, is home to Japan’s Kosyu grapes — a white varietal that has been cultivated for 1,000 years. Tomi is also home to a local red varietal called Muscat Bailey A, created by the “father of the Japanese wine grape”, Zenbei Kawakami, in 1936.
I had the pleasure of tasting from two of Suntory’s Japanese wine…
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