September 8th is Spanish Wine Day in Japan!

05 Sep 2019

September 8th is Spanish Wine Day in Japan!

Vines have been cultivated in Spain for thousands of years; long before the Romans conquered the country they called Hispania. Today Spain is the third largest producer of wines in the world after Italy and France, and the largest grower of vines by area. It is also the country using the largest number of native varieties, said to be over 400. For a long time Spain produced simple, strong and alcoholic bulk wines meant for early and local consumption. However, when French wine makers arrived in Spain in the 19th century, their expertise and knowledge improved the quality of Spanish wines.

Spain developed their Denominación de Origen (D.O.) wine system on September 8 in 1932, and it has been updated several times to reflect improved quality. The Spanish Wine Statue (Estatuto del Wino) was adopted for protection of the designations of origin for wines. The Wine Statue indicates that not only the place where particular wine was produced, but also the special quality of that wine.

After Chile, France and Italy, Spain is the fourth-largest wine supplier to Japan. With a growing number of Spanish bars and restaurants opening in Tokyo and other cities, more Spanish wine is being consumed in Japan and it is gaining a lot of popularity recently.

Due to the growing popularity, Spanish Wine Day was established as an anniversary by the Spanish Wine Association in Japan, which is an organization that regularly promotes Spanish wine. The Spanish Wine Festival is held on Sunday around September 8 every year to commemorate the establishment of The Spanish Wine Statue, and to convey the appeal of Spanish wine and raise its recognition.

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Rioja - a wine region in Spain
 

How Japanese Wine Is Different?

Japan is located between 30 to 50 degrees north latitude, the same latitude as world famous wine regions France, Germany, Italy, Spain and California. However, Japan’s climate is almost not suitable for growing wine grapes because of the intense seasonal change, and the high amount of rainfall/precipitation.

But there’s one place in Japan that wine grapes can thrive and that is Koshu region in Yamanashi prefecture. Koshu region is surrounded by 4 tall mountains ranging over 6,560 ft, which minimize the weather influence from nearby Asian continent, producing areas with pleasant sunny weather and low rainfall/precipitation.

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Koshu vineyards surrounded by breathtaking mountains

 

Koshu wine is made from pink coloured grape, grown in the foothills of Mount Fuji, and its subtle, nuanced, fresh flavours pair with a whole range of dishes, not only the Japanese food but Western cuisine as well. It has fresh but rounded acidity, and several aromatic compounds in common with Sauvignon Blanc. The most familiar Koshu style is an ultra-delicate, subtle dry white with a sleek texture.

The recommended wine is Chanmoris Koshu Wine Shiro Yamanashikensan uses 100% of grapes from Yamanashi prefecture in Japan. It is a slightly dry white wine characterized by a refreshing smell and clean taste.

We recommend comparing Spanish Wine with Koshu Wine on September 8th to see which one you like better!

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