The origins of sake are unclear; however, the earliest written reference to use of alcohol in Japan is recorded in the Book of Wei, of the records of three kingdoms. This 3rd century Chinese text speaks of the Japanese drinking and dancing. Sake is also mentioned several times in the Kojiki, Japan's first written history, compiled in 712. For a little more information A brief history of Sake. Although viticulture has a long history in Japan, wine production using locally produced grapes only really began with the adoption of Western culture during the Meiji restoration in the second half of the 19th century. In Japan the main regions for wine production, are Yamanashi, Nagano and Hokkaidō. In Yamanashi, the main wine region is the Koshu Valley, an area that centers around the town of Koshu and is home to 70 wineries. 

Chateau Mercian, Iwasaki Koshu, Japan, 2019
Chateau Mercian
Chateau Mercian Iwasaki Koshu 2019
Chateau Mercian, Koshu, Iwasaki District, Yamanashi, Japan, 2019    Grape: 100% Koshu - Grown on overhead trellis, the grapes are a bright, lurid pink on the vine. The fruit is not overt, it's all about the combination of texture,...