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 »

Varietals Produced in Japan View all

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

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

  • Diamond

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

  • Pinot Noir

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

  • Merlot

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

  • Melon

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

  • Chardonnay

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

Subregions of Japan

Popular Wineries in Japan View all

  • Kizan Winery Co., Ltd.

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

  • Gekkeikan Sake

    This is one Hidden Treasures in Sacramento you don’t want to miss out on. Gekkeikan Sake offers c...

  • Moonstone Crossing

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

  • Gascon Wine

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

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Japan on Snooth

  • Fuki Plum NV


    I really enjoy this wine. It is a fun wine and very refreshing. Great! Read More

    Wine review by KarenMucci

  • Fuki Plum NV


    Has an almond tang unlike other plum wines I've tried. Sweet & almost like almond cough syrup... But in a good way! Read More

    Wine review by coykoi

  • Gekkeikan Sake Haiku 2006


    The Haiku Sake from Gekkeikan Sake is consider a premium Sake which is to be served only chilled. It has a slight reminisce of a green apple and is great paired with any fish or chicken entrée. Recommended garnishes for this sake is with grapes or even a sliver of a green apple. Read More

    Wine review by trrepgeksake

  • Gekkeikan Zipang Sake Junmai Sparkling


    No written review

    Wine review by Eiseldora

  • Dassai Junmai Ginjo Sake NV


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    Wine review by urbansake

  • Fuki Plum NV


    No written review

    Wine review by Cynthiann

  • Fuki Sake NV


    we found an old bottle at my friends dads house and its brown.. idk were drinkin it anyways, i think its supposed to be white tho... yep i give it a 2 Read More

    Wine review by youknowwhatitis

  • Ryusei Tokubetsu Saké Junmai


    This sake is beautiful. First, good aroma spread in your mouth, then finish dry. I hate sake with light body like Hakkaisan or Jozen. Ryusei Tokubetsu Junmai has rich but not too much body. Enjoy it chilled or warm. Read More

    Wine review by Tony Los Angeles

  • Dewazakura Oka Ginjo


    The first sake I've ever really enjoyed - one of the pairings during lunch at Momofuku Ko Read More

    Wine review by yumcat

  • Sesame Shochu Beniotime Gold NV


    Love this! The first thing you notice is the nose. You get a wonderful sniff of sesame, and the flavor is great as well. You can definitely taste the sesame, although it is rather subtle. If you like sesame, you'll enjoy this shochu. Read More

    Wine review by hmbshochulover

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