Wine Resort Festa: inside Japanese wine

15 Nov 2017 in Food Culture

Discover the 2-day festival of Japanese wine, where you can hobnob with local winemakers while sipping Yamanashi nouveau.


For two days in November, Hoshino Resorts RISONARE Yatsugatake becomes the epicentre of Japan’s wine industry. This year’s Wine Resort Festa – the sixth edition – will feature wineries from all over Yamanashi and Nagano Prefectures.

For casual wine fans and dedicated oenophiles alike, it’s a chance to fully appreciate Japan’s flourishing wine scene.

Wine festival in Japan

Held November 18-19, the festival centres on Green Pepper Street, the main thoroughfare of Hoshino Resorts RISONARE Yatsugatake. It’s here that around 15 wineries will be serving up and selling their signature wines.

Where to drink wine in Japan

Classical musical from Japan

The festival is also an opportunity to learn about Japanese wine directly from industry insiders. Sign up for the “Dinner with Winemakers” event to enjoy an Italian meal – paired with wine, of course – in the company of local winemakers.

Wine producing regions in Japan

Japanese wine expert

Alternatively, you might fancy the “Nighttime Salon”, an after-dinner gathering with live music, where winemakers mingle with hotel guests. Or perhaps you’d prefer to try the “Nouveau Lounge”, where a sommelier will serve you this year’s Yamanashi nouveau.

Looking for a fun activity? Then head to Vino College, which offers wine-related workshops. How about making lampshades from wine bottles? Taking an educational tour of a vineyard?

Wine glasses design

Or experiencing how the taste of wine changes depending on the glass it’s served in? At the 2017 Wine Resort Festa, there’s something for every kind of wine fan.



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