The Koshu Wine Project


By creating our wine, we brought Koshu to the international market, a long journey for a grape varietal popularized by Japanese royalty. Indigenous to Japan since the 8th century, the popularity of Koshu peaked previously as table grapes that were considered a delicacy during the Tokugawa Shogunate (1600-1867). In fact, the grapes were cultivated in the Katsunuma region not because it was neccesarily the best region for cultivation but becuase it was just 100 kilometers from Edo (old Tokyo) and the Shogun built the Koshu road by which servants could transport the best grapes by marching 3 days straight, directly to his castle. Surplus grapes were then sold to commoners in what are now important business districts in downtown Tokyo, Akihabara (now one of the world's largest technology districts) and Kanda. Japanese winemaking has its origins in a diplomatic mission to France, after the Meiji Restoration (1868), the new Japanese government sent a mission to Paris during the Paris Exposition and brought Read more »

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