5th Japan Wine Festival
12 – 14 April 2019
Japan Wine Festival will be held for the fifth time this year at Hibiya Park in central Tokyo.
It will offer a great opportunity to taste, in a relaxed mode, a variety 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).
A law regulating the appellation of Japanese wines has been in force since 30 October 2018.
Japan Wine Festival (“Nihon Wine Matsuri”) 2019
Unlike some prestigious – and, to some, snobbish – wine tasting events, this festival featuring Japanese wines will be held in a very relaxed, casual setting. It is a “matsuri” (joyous local fair), full of fun.
For the fifth edition, the festival will bring together a total of 49 Japanese winemakers and producers from 14 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 (*a provisional list of participants is attached to the Japanese post).
This “matsuri” will be an excellent opportunity to discover a rich variety of Japanese wines, with their aromas and bouquets.
To accompany these quality wines, delicious snacks will be served at food trucks.
Side events at Japan Wine Festival
For a fun, Japanese way to visit winemakers’ stalls, participate in a “QR code stamp rally”. Collect a variety of stamps on your smartphone and get a souvenir.
For those who wish to deepen the knowledge, a few tasting workshops (fees extra) will be held in the Japanese language, on themes such as: Japanese wines and Japanese cheese; “Muscat Bailey A”: and high-end vintage wines “Solaris” of Manns Wines.
Also, a 2010 Japanese movie entitled “The Usuke Boys” about Japanese wine makers will be projected on the screen (13 April, 2 – 4:30 pm at Hibiya Library; admission 2,000 yen, with a talk and lottery).
And you may even go for a matchmaking event to find love (see the Japanese site)!
How to participate in Japan Wine Festival
First, purchase a plastic wine glass (300 yen) and tickets for wine and food (100 yen and above; ticket is 100 yen a unit).
Go visit a winery of your choice and purchase wine and taste it. Rinse the glass and go visit the next booth.
Snacks can be purchased from food trucks.
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