Japanese Wine Festival 2018
(4th Nihon Wine MATSURI)
13 – 15 April 2018
The Japanese Wine Festival will be held for the fourth time this year at Hibiya Park in central Tokyo. It is a great event for the lovers and makers of Japanese wines – not sake, but reds and whites made of grapes. Admission free.
What is “Japanese wine”?
Japanese wine is an appellation that refers to the wines made in Japan using only the grapes grown in the country.
Viticulture in Japan extends from Hokkaido in the north to Kyushu in the south. A rich variety of wines are produced according to the terroirs, of grapes that fit the local soil and climate conditions.
In recent years, some Japanese wines have drawn international recognition. Also, “Koshu” and “Muscat Bailey A” are the native grape varieties registered and certified by the International Organization of Vine and Wine (OIV).
Japanese Wine Festival (“Nihon Wine MATSURI”) 2018
The festival will bring together a total of 56 Japanese winemakers and producers from 18 Prefectures of the country, ranging from major producers such as Château Mercian and Suntory in Yamanashi Prefecture, to lesser known and new houses that produce great wines (the complete list of participants is attached to the Japanese post).
The greatest thing about this event is that it is a “matsuri” (joyous local fair), full of fun, unlike some prestigious (and, to some, snobbish) wine tasting events.
This “matsuri” will be an excellent opportunity to discover some 180 Japanese wines, with their aromas and bouquets.
To accompany these quality wines, local specialties from different wine regions will be offered at their kiosks, and delicious snacks will be served at food trucks.
For those who wish to deepen the knowledge, a few workshops will be held (in the Japanese language) on the themes such as tasting Japanese wines and the matching of Japanese wines with Japanese cheese (fees extra).
How to participate in the Japanese Wine Festival
First, purchase a plastic wine glass (200 yen) and tickets for wine and food. Go visit a winery of your choice and purchase wine (starting at ￥300 a glass) and taste it. Rinse the glass and go visit the next booth. Snacks can be purchased from food trucks.
For a fun, Japanese way to visit winemakers’ stalls, participate in a “stamp rally” and collect a variety of stamps from them on a sheet of paper.
page 1 “About” / page 2 “Info”