GRACE WINES JAPAN
Grace Winery, (company name “Chuo Budoshu” in Japanese) was established in 1923 in Katsunuma, the birthplace of Japan’s wine industry and today the wine hub of Japan. Our brand name "Grace Wine" is named after the Three Graces.
Koshu, first cultivated more than 1,000 years ago in the Caucasus Region in Asia Minor, came to Japan together with Buddhism via the Silk Road through China. It localised itself and became native to Japan. When winemaking started in Japan in 1874, it quickly became not only the main, but also the most important variety.
Koshu bears a purplish-pink fruit. According to researches performed by the University of California, it is predominantly (over 90%) vitis vinifera, the European wine grape.
Thanks to the favourable location and climatic conditions, Katsunuma, in the Yamanashi prefecture, is the perfect breeding ground of Koshu. Katsunuma is an inland valley bearing a classic valley climate which enjoys long hours of sunshine, diurnal temperature variation and relatively little rain, conditions paramount for growing quality wine grapes.
Furthermore, Katsunuma is flanked by mountain water sources flowing into the valley, essential for the sometimes very warm summer weather. Soils are porous, which enables deep root penetration and good drainage.