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Feb. 16, 2018

SUNTORY TOMI NO OKA WINERY "From the Site of Viticulture" New Wine Appraisal Meet 2017
―Toward Close-to-nature Winemaking Expressing the Characteristics of the Land

Wine appraisal meets are held frequently at the Tomi no Oka Winery. The purpose of such meets is to taste wines, experience their characteristics and openly share opinions to acquire hints for viticulture and vinification moving forward.

The most important of such meets, the New Wine Appraisal Meet 2017, was held in December 2017. It was joined by people related to Suntory’s Japanese wines, such as people from the Tomi no Oka Winery, the Wine Development & Production Division and the Marketing Department.


In the New Wine Appraisal Meet, participants first taste different wines vinified during the year. These wines are categorized by grape variety, vineyard, and farmer. The participants evaluate more than 100 base wines from Tomi no Oka Winery, Shiojiri Winery and Iwanohara Vineyard. They give points to the wines for ‘appearance: clarity,’ ‘aroma: naturalness, strength, quality,’ ‘flavor: naturalness, strength, persistence, quality’ and their ‘harmony,’ while taking into account their current state as well as potential after aging.

The participants, discuss how their various efforts and experiments, such as squeezing methods or yeast used, in accordance with the weather conditions, average temperature, the total amount of rainfall and hours of daylight that year, contributed to enhancing the taste and quality of the wines.

Suntory is able to constantly improve the quality of its wines because it engages in all aspects of wine-making, from soil preparation of the field to viticulture, vinification, and aging. This is the strength of Suntory’s Japanese wines. Our wine-making aims to express the characteristics of the land through the grape variety, while interacting closely with the climate and nature each winery is blessed with.

Suntory Tomi no Oka Winery
Tomi no Oka (Red) 2015
Suntory Tomi no Oka Winery
Koshu (white) 2016
Suntory Tomi no Oka Winery
Chardonnay (white) 2015

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