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.
New 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 produced…more…