Japanese Wine


Alcohol consumption has been part of Japanese culture since its early history. Rice wines (sake), beer and spirits have evolved significantly since their humble beginnings, and so has their place in culture. Some have proprietary meaning, used to accompany specific foods over the course of a meal either to match flavors or aid in digestion. Others are for pure sipping pleasure. Drinking has even become a tool to strengthen business and social relationships, with socially acceptable displays of heightened intoxication. 
The Japanese beer market has grown to become the leading alcoholic beverage in the country, with many different styles from light to dark available. Happoshu (“low malt”) is a similar sparkling drink, though produced with less malt than standard beer. Third Beer (Shin Janru or “New Genre”), is a sparkling unmalted beverage, produced from peas, soy or wheat. As for wine, most of the standard grape table wine in Japan is imported, although Read more »

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Varietals Produced in Japan View all

  • Diamond

    History of the grape: The varietal dates back to the 1880s when horticulturalist Jacob Moore (hence the synonym “Moor...

  • Melon

    In the 1970s and 1980s, in a period when varietal accuracy on wine labels was often a secondary thought much of what ...

  • Merlot

    The Occitanian word “merlot” translates to “young blackbird.” An accurate description for this popular, early-budding...

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

    “King of the Red Wine Grapes.” The colonizer of the vineyards, pushing native wine grapes into its shadows. The Caber...

  • Chardonnay

    British wine writer and critic, Jancis Robinson, once noted that throughout the 80’s and 90’s in the United States, C...

  • Pinot Noir

    “With so voluptuous a perfume, so sweet an edge, they make the blood run hot,” Joel Fleischman, wine columnist at Van...

Subregions of Japan

Popular Wineries in Japan View all

  • Moonstone Crossing

    Moonstone Crossing wines are made from select grapes grown in small, hillside vineyards from the ...

  • The Koshu Wine Project

    By creating our wine, we brought Koshu to the international market, a long journey for a grape v...

  • Gascon Wine

    Don Miguel Gascón wines reflect Argentina’s rich winemaking history, capturing the true expressio...

  • Kizan Winery Co., Ltd.

    KIZAN WINERY is a small family-operated winery. For more than 75 years, Tsuchiya's family has bee...

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  • Akadama Plum Royal


    I have tried MANY plum wines and the Akadama is the best! Read More

    Wine review by asovey

  • Rihaku Junmai Ginjo Wandering Poet NV


    No written review

    Wine review by pacificdave

  • Gekkeikan Sake Gekkeikan Sake NV


    This is cold weather tradition,nicely warmed,light,clean tasting and slightly aromatic Read More

    Wine review by highpocket

  • Hiroki Tokubetsu Junmai-Fukushima NV


    No written review

    Wine review by finkelscott

  • Fuki Plum Wine 2009


    No written review

    Wine review by mamajo

  • Fuki Plum Wine 2009


    This is a very sweet wine...you can taste the plum. I could call this an all day sipper...some others I've talked to don't like the sweet taste. Read More

    Wine review by mamajo

  • Would be interested in hearing from people here about any redwine and fish, ... read about research out of Japan on why people don't like the 'fishiness' that results from drinking reds with higher *iron* (!) content when eating fish.http://sciencenow.sciencemag.org/cgi/content/full/2009/1022/2Kinda interesting that they chose scallops for the... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Seafood and Red Wine

  • Hi!I am a wine enthusiast currently living in Japan, and I was wondering whether there are any snooth members based or visiting here in Tokyo or elsewhere in Japan who might be up for a bit of a tipple. I occasionally organise wine tastings and wine/dinner parties for friends at home or go to wine bars, but my circle of genuine wine lover friend... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Wine lovers in Japan?

  • Koshu Plum Wine Japan


    Generally I do not like sweet wine, but during a visit to a local Japanese restaurant they served this with the meal and it has become one of my favorites! Read More

    Wine review by sliz1220

  • Moonstone Lemongrass Coconut Sake NV


    This is delicious! Lemongrass helps balance coconut, light and crisp- great summertime indulgence! Read More

    Wine review by rambac

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