3 must-visit wineries in Matsumoto

25 Jul 2018 in Food Culture

Matsumoto is known for its excellent wine. Discover our pick of the best!

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Situated in the heart of Nagano Prefecture, Matsumoto is reputed for its pure water, cool climate and ample sunshine – conditions that make it perfect for producing wine.

Hoshino Resorts KAI Matsumoto :

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If you’re staying at Hoshino Resorts KAI Matsumoto, make sure you visit these 3 local producers!


  1. Yamabe Winery

With vineyards situated on the Matsumoto Plain at the foot of the Utsukushigahara Highlands, Yamabe has won awards at 6 consecutive Japan Wine Competitions.

Long daylight hours and significant temperature variations between day and night make this the ideal place for growing Shinshu grapes.

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And thanks to the cool climate, there are some excellent Chardonnay and Pinot Gris.

Stop by the shop to test for yourself!

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  1. Alps Wine

Alps was founded in 1927. Its vines benefit from the well-drained volcanic soils of the southern Matsumoto Plain.

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As well as its superb Merlot and Chardonnay, Alps produces several organic wines, a challenge in Japan’s humid climate.

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Its Musée du Vin series is a multiple prize-winner.


  1. Goichi Wine

Goichi Hayashi started his winery in 1911. Today, the company has 10 different wines available for tasting, all from vineyards in the hilly Kikyogahara area situated 2300 ft above sea level.

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It’s best known as the Prefecture’s only producer of botyrized wine. The secret to its sweet taste?

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A naturally-occurring fungus known as “noble rot” that increases the sugar content of the grapes.

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