Japanese wine, a treasure to be discovered

25 Apr 2016 in Food Culture

Japan does not only produce sake! Did you know that this country with such abundant nature also has very fine wine-producing land?

Chardonnay wine from Mie Ikeno domain

You may not believe it, but Japan is a wine-producing country. 370,000 hectolitres are produced annually over a total surface area of 30,000 hectares of vineyards, the majority of which however is earmarked for growing table grapes.

Vines from Mie Ikeno japanese domain

The Yatsugatake region, located between the Nangano prefecture in the North and the Yamanashi prefecture in the South, boasts land suitable for wine production. The vines are planted in a mountainous area, and benefit from ideal sunshine and temperatures, which are both cool in the morning and hot during the day; the perfect conditions for the vines to flourish. Did you know that the most cultivated variety is koshu, a berry with white flesh and thick pink skin that has good resistance to occasional very humid weather conditions during the ripening period?

Wine production has developed so much that even the French are interested in it! Denis Dubourdieu, a wine grower, professor of oenology, and a renowned consultant has produced a vintage called Shizen in the Yamanashi region, which will enchant all you wine-lovers with its clear colour and its aromas of flowers and white fruits. And although wine tasting is fun, its production is just as interesting. How about learning more and discovering this fascinating world, as Hoshino Resorts RISONARE Yatsugatake offers you the opportunity to meet a producer and a cellar master in the heart of the vineyard.

Only half an hour away from the hotel, you can experience a unique moment with these professionals who will share their expertise and knowledge with you. They will explain the effects of the wind, the surrounding mountains, and the richness of the soil, so that finally the wine that you are drinking is no longer a mystery to you.

Japanese wine tasting and Japanese gastronomy

Wine cellar of a luxury hotel in Japan

So that you can explore this further, Hoshino Resorts RISONARE Yatsugatake provides a tasting room exclusively for you to enjoy the wine in the best possible conditions; going so far as to offer you different glasses, including one created by the designer Mie Ikeno. All you have to do is to simply choose the one which suits you the best!

The Japanese chef has designed a local menu to taste wine and vegetables

And for you to savour this moment of pleasure, the chef has designed a menu for wine pairings entirely made up of vegetables all from the local area, so as to be consistent with nature and the environment. The dishes pair with delicate white wines with good acidity and rather floral notes. To prolong this unique experience up to the end, you can get some recommendations from the hotel shop to slip into your luggage as a souvenir. The question is: are you ready for the discovery?

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