You might think “Wine in Japan?” History of wine making in Japan started in the Edo period (19th century), and now wine is produced in various regions in Japan. Japan is a difficult land for wine making, grapes suffer from hot and humid summers and frigid winters. But determined growers and winemakers have been perfecting their crafts, and local wine in Japan is experiencing a small renaissance.
With our wine expert, we offer a day tour in the Katsunuma region, where 80 vineyards in Katsunuma produce 40% of the national production and is the most premier wine region of Japan.
The day begins with a tour of one of the most important estate vineyard in Katsunuma and which produces particularly the authentic Japanese grape which raises some attention in the wine world, the “Koshu”.
Lunch is a good time around a rather special barbecue: The charcoal grill is made of volcanic rock from neighbor Mount Fuji, which has the reputation for tenderizing meat!
The day continues with a visit of the Chateau Mercian, one of Japan’s oldest vineyard, founded in 1877. Their Chardonnais, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot has been shining, winning awards in wine tastings throughout Japan. On site visit to the factory and then the winery to learn all about wine making which ends with wine tasting of course!