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Wines from Japan

Grape wines from Japan?

According to the Statistics and information from the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations, Japan ranks 25th in wine production by country, producing 79,000 tons in 2011.  Who knew!

Wine consumption in Japan was first documented in the 16th century, when Francis Xavier, a roman catholic missionary brought gifts of wine for feudal lords of Kyushu, the 3rd largest island in Japan.

The primary regions for wine production in Japan are the Hokkaido and Yamanashi Prefecture.

KizanWinery Co., Ltd imgKizanWineWhite2009is a small family operated winery located inYamanashi.  The Tsuchiya family have been making wine there for over 80 years.

Excerpt from Kizan Winery’s wine list on their white wine:

—-The making of wine from KOSHU grapes is a century-old tradition in Yamanashi. KIZAN WINE WHITE is 100% made from KOSYU. This wine is medium straw in colour with fresh citrus character on the nose. This semi-dry wine has a moderate acid on the palate and delicate fruity flavours. A well-balanced soft finish highlights lovely KOSYU style. This medium body wine is suitable for Japanese dishes such as “sashimi” and soy sauce based hots’n pots.—

Known for its production of grapes and wine, Kosyu (Kōshū) is located in the northeastern Yamanashi Prefecture.

Grape varieties used in Japanese wines include Muscat grape varietals, which were developed to adapt to the local climate.

Read more about Muscat / Moscato Grapes, here or click on this link to see more ancient, fun…and sometimes strange wine facts on the Native Leaf blog.


Related Information & Link – U.S. wines in Japan:

A report from the United States Department of Agriculture’s Foreign Agricultural Service indicated

  • In 2010, the United States held a 7.8 percent value share of Japan’s $772 million imported bottled wine market
  • The majority of imported wines from the United States are sold at a price point in the 700 to 1000 yen ($8.54 to$12.20)
  • The Japanese wine market continues to be very competitive. Although 48 countries supply wine to Japan, ten countries account for approximately 99 percent of the imported volume.
  • U.S. wine imports continue to increase for both bottled and bulk wines.

Read the full report GAIN / Global Agricultural Information Network’s Wine Market report, here.

Have you had Japanese wine?  Let us know what you think!

1 Comment »

  1. Comment by dexter — July 14, 2013 @ 12:52 pm

    Great blog post.

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