What is less known about Japan, is that the country is also a wine producer. History of wine making in Japan started in the 19th century in the Yamanashi Prefecture, where grape growing began 1,000 years ago. Its consumption has long been strictly local but things are changing and as the country has decided to open its gastronomy to the world, this is not anymore just about the sake, wagyu beef or sushi, but also the viticulture!
This is the Koshu grape, an indigenous variety to which connoisseurs have turned for inspiration, but now high-quality wines are produced all over Japan.
Below is a list of vineyards and wineries you can visit for a tasting.
We are now having an exclusive Katsunuma Wine Tour, home to Koshu wine.