New law will require Japanese wine labeled with a warning: “JAPANESE”!

Typical Japanese grape
Typical Japanese grape

Currently “Japanese” wine is made with imported concentrated grape juice from lower-cost locations like Chile and then chemically altered at massive Japanese factories (aka wineries). A new law will require wine labeled as “Japanese” to be wholly produced in Japan using domestically harvested grapes the size of golf balls and sweeter than a Coke.

left_long quotebar 24x260pxNew rule will change definition of Japanese wine
THE JAPAN NEWS — Aug. 24, 2015
The National Tax Agency is preparing to establish a new rule that will require wine labeled as Japanese wine to be wholly produced in Japan using domestically harvested grapes[currently] 75 percent of grapes or concentrated grape juice used to make Japanese wine are imported, such wine is considered to be domestically producedmore

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6 thoughts on “New law will require Japanese wine labeled with a warning: “JAPANESE”!”

  1. I’m no wine expert but I thought that thick skinned grapes they can grow here were terrible for wine?

  2. M wrote:
    … I thought that thick skinned grapes they can grow here were terrible for wine?

    kosho wine grape
    I am being unfair using that picture of a typical Japanese grape. Originally Japanese wine was disastrously made with the local varieties of huge eating grapes.

    In recent years, “serious” Japanese wineries have adapted Japanese varieties and crossbred with foreign grapes to grow more suitable grape for wine as shown in this CNN report about kosho wine grapes.
    kosho-wine-grapes..

  3. I’ve actually had some decent Japanese wine in recent years. It used to be unbelievably bad.

  4. Need hot and dry weather for wine grapes to make anything decent…

    Good luck japan…

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