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A Wine Business with a Global Perspective
Left: Château Lagrange, France: Saint-Julien, Médoc, Bordeaux – Operated by Suntory since 1983
Right: Château Beychevelle, France: Saint-Julien, Médoc, Bordeaux – Jointly operated since 1989

While producing superior-quality wines domestically in Japan, Suntory also conducts a global wine business in cooperation with distinguished wineries throughout the world.

We acquired the management rights to the distinguished Château Lagrange winery in Bordeaux, France in 1983, becoming the first non-Western company to operate a Bordeaux Grand Cru Château. By focusing on producing the highest-quality wines and maintaining full respect for the traditions and customs of the Bordeaux region, we succeeded in raising the reputation of Château Lagrange to remarkable new heights within a few years of acquisition. Since 1988, we have also handled the operations of Weingut Robert Weil in Rheingau, Germany. In addition, we jointly operate two French château, Château Beychevelle and Château Beaumont, as well as one négociant.

We have established relationships with distinguished wineries and champagne houses in various countries, including Georges Duboeuf, Domaines Barons de Rothschild, E & J Gallo, Freixenet, and Laurent-Perrier. These connections enable us to bring fine wines from many other countries to consumers in Japan and China.

Raising Japan's Wine to a World-Class Standard
The Suntory Tomi no Oka Winery, spread out across the hills of the Tomi no Oka region of Yamanashi Prefecture

Suntory's business started with wine. Our founder Shinjiro Torii sold the first Akadama Port Wine (today this brand is sold as Akadama Sweet Wine) in 1907, laying the foundation for the Suntory of today. In 1936, Shinjiro joined Zenbei Kawakami, the "father of Japanese viticulture," in managing a vineyard in the Tomi no Oka region of Yamanashi Prefecture. Through operating our own vineyard and applying consistent winemaking methods from the growing of European grapes exclusively for wine to the production and aging of the wine itself, we developed the skills and know-how that allowed us to create Tomi, a red wine that represents Japan proudly throughout the world. This vineyard is known today as the Suntory Tomi no Oka Winery.

Our viniculture experts, through their passion and skilled techniques, gave birth to Tomi no Oka Winery's flagship Tomi 1997, a wine that proceeded to win a gold medal at the 2003 Les Citadelles du Vin (an international wine and spirits competition held in the Bordeaux region of France), a historic first for Japanese wine. In this way, Tomi no Oka Winery's winemaking has achieved world acclaim.

In 2010, we produced wine made with 100% grapes grown in Japan, positioning this as "Japanese Wine." The consequent releases of the Tomi no Oka series and the Japan Premium series, wines that pursue uniquely Japanese tastes, were met by the public with favorable responses.

As the company that led the way in developing Japan's wine market, Suntory continues to actively introduce new wines, such as Delica Maison Delicious, a wine for everyday enjoyment; Sankaboshizai Mutenka no Oishii Wine, the antioxidant, additive-free wine developed in response to consumers' safety, security, and health concerns; and Bar de nonda Sangria, which presents new value in order to encourage customers to take a sip.

Left: Tomi no Oka series; Tomi Noble d'Or, Tomi Red, Tomi No Oka Koushu
Center: The Japan Premium cultivar series: Muscat Bailey A, Koushu
Right: The Japan Premium district series: Shiojiri Merlot, Takayamamura Chardonnay

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