Shinjiro Torii starts the Torii Shoten store in Osaka, on February 1 and initiates production and sales of grape wine.
Akadama Port Wine, a sweet grape wine, released.
Kotobukiya Limited founded.
Construction of the Yamazaki Distillery, Japan's first malt whisky distillery, begun in Yamazaki in the outskirts of Kyoto-marking the first step toward the production of Japanese whisky.
Yamazaki Distillery completed; distillation initiated in December.
Suntory Shirofuda (white label), Japan's first genuine whisky, introduced.
Oraga Beer released by Kotobukiya.
Suntory whisky exported for the first time to overseas markets.
Yamanashi Winery (current Tomi no oka Winery), Japan's largest independently owned vineyard (approx. 150 hectares), opened in Yamanashi Prefecture.
Suntory KAKUBIN (square bottle) whisky launched.
Production of Suntory OLD whisky announced, but sales postponed due to war.
Torys Whisky re-released after World War II.
Release of Suntory OLD whisky, postponed since 1940, takes place.
Torys Bars and Suntory Bars opened one after another, centered on Tokyo and Osaka.
First issue of Youshu Tengoku (Western liquor heaven), a PR magazine for a bar chain, issued with Ken Kaiko as editor-in-chief.
Suntory Royal whisky launched to commemorate the 60th anniversary of the Company's founding.
"Let's drink Torys and go to Hawaii" campaign conducted.
Suntory Museum of Art opened.
Suntory Whisky becomes the first Japanese whisky to be approved for registration in the United States.
Company name changed from Kotobukiya to Suntory Limited.
Musashino Brewery, Suntory's first brewery, established; brewing and sales of Suntory beer initiated.
Suntory Red whisky released.
High-quality Suntory Château Lion wine marketed.
Name of Suntory Shirofuda whisky changed to Suntory White.
Suntory Beer Jun-nama marketed in small, medium and large bottles.
Jun-nama canned beer marketed.
Suntory Music Foundation established.
Katsura Brewery (current Kyoto Brewery), the Company's second brewery, opened.
Suntory Reserve whisky released.
Suntory Pavilion at Osaka Expo opened.
First Restaurant Suntory, a Japanese-style restaurant, opened in Mexico City.
"Friday is a day to buy wine" campaign conducted.
Hakushu Distillery established.
First annual Suntory Open Golf Tournament held (continued until 2007).
Central Research Institute (current Suntory Research Center) completed.
Japan's first noble rot grape variety harvested at Yamanashi Winery (current Tomi no Oka Winery).
MIDORI, melon liqueur, marketed in the United States.
Noble rot grape Suntory Château Lion (Noble d'or) and Suntory Château Lion (Noble d'Argent) wines marketed.
Suntory Foundation established.
Suntory Whisky Museum completed at the Hakushu Distillery.
Pharmaceutical Business Department and Suntory Institute for Biomedical Research established.