According to this article Japanese wine is seeing a rise in popularity. Whilst the country is not traditionally know for its great wines they are increasingly exporting to the US and Europe. Around 90 wineries operate near Mount Fuji with the focus on producing wine from 100% domestically grown grapes. The wineries already produce chardonnay and other wines from European grapes but have recently taken inspiration from the Koshu grape which is an indigenous variety. The resulting wine is being marketed as the perfect accompaniment to sushi and one Tokyo based wine merchant called Millesimes has won considerable critical acclaim for its Shizen 2006, Curvee Denis Durbourdieu. They are now exporting bottles to England and France and with interest growing, it appears we could be seeing more Japanese wine appearing in our supermarkets soon.
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