About Manns Wines

Making "Japan Wine" with Japanese grapes

"Japan Wine" is attracting increasing international attention today. Manns Wines has vineyards and wineries in Yamanashi and Nagano prefectures. Komoro Winery boasts a beautiful Japanese-style garden, just like one of the wineries in Western Europe with a chateau surrounded by a garden in the middle of their vineyard. Rooted in the climate of Japan, we have been striving to grow good grapes and make good wines since our establishment for more than 50 years, optimizing the unique characteristics of each variety of grape. Even in times of rapid change, our knowledge, skills and passion will stay unaffected and will always be passed down.

Bansui-en (at Komoro Winery), a Japanese-style garden boasting an area of nearly ten thousand square meters,
which represents the terrain of Shinshu (Nagano).

Brief history of Manns Wines

1962

Katsunuma Yoshu Company Limited, the predecessor company of Manns Wines, was established.

1964

The company changed its name to Manns Wines Co., Ltd.

1965

Completion of Katsunuma Winery

1973

Completion of Komoro Winery

1988

Espalier cultivation of European grapes started on a substantial scale.

2001

SOLARIS Series, a range of premium "Japan Wine" was launched.

2008

Koshu kobo no awa (yeast bubbles of Koshu), an authentic sparkling wine made of the Koshu grape was launched.

2013

Winemaking facility at Katsunuma Winery was renovated and equipped with the latest technology.

2019

Three items with the GI Yamanashi certification were launched.

The production regions and major grape varieties of Manns Wines

Cabernet Sauvignon
A red wine grape variety enjoying worldwide popularity. While it is not widely cultivated in Japan as it thrives better in a warmer and drier climate, the vine of this variety grown by Manns Wines in the Higashiyama district of Shioda-daira, Ueda City, Nagano Prefecture has been increasing its potential over time.

Chardonnay
Originated in the Burgundy region of France, it is a leading grape variety used in the production of dry white wine. On the premises of the Manns Wines Komoro Winery, there is a vineyard growing Chardonnay planted in 1981.

Merlot
The most widely cultivated grape variety in the Bordeaux region of France. Being highly adaptable, it is widely planted nationwide, centering on Nagano Prefecture, and is a representative variety of the Chikuma River Wine Valley.

Shinano Riesling
One of the crossing grape varieties developed independently by Manns Wines. Created by crossing Chardonnay and Riesling, the variety was officially registered in 1991. Characterized by its sumptuous and fruity flavor, it is no exaggeration to say that the lifeblood of this grape is its aroma. Its uniqueness works wonderfully well in both sweet and dry wines.

Koshu
This grape has been grown in Japan since long ago. Registered with the OIV in 2010, Koshu has now gained international recognition. Since its establishment, Manns Wines has put all kinds of effort into the cultivation and vinification of this grape and has successfully produced high-quality "Japan Wine" using it.

Muscat Bailey A
A variety created by crossing the American grape Bailey and European Muscat Hamburg grape. Registered with the OIV in 2013, it is a typical grape variety used for Japanese red wines. It features a sumptuous berry note and smooth tannin. Manns Wines makes a wide range of "Japan Wine" using this variety.

Winemakers

Winemakers of Japan with world-class knowledge on vinification

At Manns Wines, we have been researching the techniques for viticulture and vinification around the world to establish a method of winemaking that suits the hot and humid climate of Japan. We have sent personnel with inquisitive minds and passion to France and Germany, as well as USA and Australia to learn about winemaking in the New World countries. As well as the grapes and wines, we also put emphasis on cultivating people who make them. The experiences they obtained from around the world is continuing to thrive in the winemaking at Manns Wines in Yamanashi and Nagano today.

Dai Shimazaki

President and Chief Operating Officer of Manns Wines Co., Ltd.
Oenologist (French national qualification)
Diploma of aptitude for wine degustation(Diplome Universiaire d'Aptitude à la
Dégustation des vins) at the University of Bordeaux

Mr. Shimazaki joined Manns Wines Co., Ltd. in 1983. He studied at the Faculty of Oenology in the University of Bordeaux from 1987 to 1990 and was awarded two qualifications; the Diploma of Aptitude for Wine Degustation and the French national qualification as an oenologist. After holding positions such as director and department manager for quality control, department manager for the research and development, and head of the vinification of SOLARIS, he took up his present post in 2017.

Teppei Nishihata

Oenologist (French national qualification)
Viticulturist (French national qualification)
Studied at CFPPA (a school of vinification in Beaune, Burgundy, France)
and the University of Bordeaux as a student on an overseas training program (2013 - 2016)

Chihiro Takei

Oenologist (French national qualification)
Studied at the University of Bordeaux as a student on an overseas training program
(1999 - 2002)

Nobuhiko Matsumoto

Oenologist (French national qualification)
Diploma of Aptitude for Wine Degustation
(Diplome Universiaire d'Aptitude à la Dégustation des vins) at the University of Bordeaux
Studied at the University of Bordeaux as a student on an overseas training program (1976 - 1978)

Komei Nagao

Studied at the University of California, Davis,
as a student on an overseas training program (1981 - 1982)

Kiyoshi Takeuchi

Studied at the Geisenheim Grape Breeding Institute
as a student on an overseas training program (1977 - 1979)

Takashi Usami

Studied at the University of Adelaide, Australia,
as a student on an overseas training program (2009 - 2011)

Wine Lineup

From the standard to the premium of "Japan Wine"

Here we introduce SOLARIS Series, our range of premium "Japan Wine", which has won a number of awards at international wine competitions and has been selected for receptions hosting VIP guests from abroad. The name “Solaris” reflects our principle of giving first priority to quality; at Manns Wines, only selected grapes grown in plenty of sunshine are used. We are also introducing Kobo no awa (yeast bubbles), a sparkling wine made of Koshu, the indigenous Japanese grape, taking full advantage of its potential.

Awards

SOLARIS - a wine fit for hosting international VIPs

July 26th, 2019

Dinner to welcome the President of France on his visit to Japan,
hosted by the Prime Minister of Japan (in Omotesando)
SOLARIS MAGNIFICA 2012

November 5th, 2017

Dinner to welcome the President of United States on his visit to Japan,
hosted by the Prime Minister of Japan (in Ginza)
SOLARIS Shinshu Higashiyama Cabernet-Sauvignon 2014

November 6th, 2017

Dinner to welcome the President of United States on his visit to Japan,
hosted by the Prime Minister of Japan (the State Guest House, Akasaka Palace)
SOLARIS Shinshu Higashiyama Cabernet-Sauvignon 2013

August 31st, 2017

Dinner to welcome the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom on her visit to Japan,
hosted by the Prime Minister of Japan (the State Guest House, Akasaka Palace)
SOLARIS Shinshu Komoro Merlot 2013

March 6th, 2013

Dinner to welcome the IOC Evaluation Committee on their visit to Japan,
hosted by the Prime Minister of Japan (the State Guest House, Akasaka Palace)
SOLARIS Shinshu Cabernet-Sauvignon 2008

November 2010

Dinner for Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) (in Yokohama)
SOLARIS Shinshu Higashiyama Cabernet-Sauvignon 2007
SOLARIS Shinshu Chardonnay 2008

July 2008

Outreach Working Lunch at the Toyako Summit
SOLARIS Magnifica 2002

July 2008

Dinner hosted by the First Lady of Japan at the Toyako Summit
SOLARIS Shinshu Komoro Chardonnay 2005

March 27th, 2005

Dinner to welcome the President of France on his visit to Japan,
hosted by the Prime Minister of Japan (the Minister for Foreign Affairs, Iikura Guest House)
SOLARIS Shinshu Higashiyama Cabernet-Sauvignon 2000

List of first prizes awarded at
major competitions

Japan Wine Competition

2018 (the 16th) Golden award
in the category of red wines made of European varieties
SOLARIS Shinshu Higashiyama Merlot 2015
SOLARIS Shinshu Chikumagawa Merlot 2015
2018(the 16th)Golden award
in the category of white wines made of European varieties
SOLARIS Shinshu Chardonnay Tarujikomi 2017
2017 (the 15th) Golden award
in the category of red wines made of European varieties
SOLARIS Shinshu Komoro Merlot 2013
SOLARIS Shinshu Komoro Merlot 2014
2016 (the 14th) Golden award
in the category of white wines made of European varieties
SOLARIS Shinshu Komoro Chardonnay 2015
SOLARIS Shinshu Chardonnay 2014

Challenge International du Vin

2015 Golden award
SOLARIS Shinshu Komoro Merlot 2011
2007 Golden award
SOLARIS Shinshu Komoro Chardonnay 2005

Vinalies Internationales

2014 Golden award
SOLARIS Shinano Riesling Cryo-Extraction 2011
2011 Golden award
SOLARIS Shinano Riesling Cryo-Extraction 2008

Vinitaly

2002 (the 36th) First Prize
SOLARIS Shinshu Higashiyama Cabernet-Sauvignon 1997

Vino Ljubljana

2003 (the 49th) Golden award
SOLARIS Shinshu Chardonnay 2001

International Viticulture and Wine Growing Fair

1975 (the 21st) Golden award
Vintage Koshu 1971

Czechoslovakia International Wine Competition

1971 (the 3rd) Golden award in the category of the finest wines
Vintage Koshu 1967

Wineries

Katsunuma Winery

Yamanashi

The largest winery in Yamanashi Prefecture

Boasting the longest history and a proud heritage of winemaking in Japan, Yamanashi Prefecture also comes out top in the nation when it comes to the quantity of grapes vinified and the number of wineries. Established in 1962, Manns Wines Katsunuma Winery currently has the largest production volume in the prefecture, and the majority of Manns Wines products are made here. While it is fully equipped with the latest technology and facilities, the winery also offers an opportunity to learn about the history of winemaking in Japan.

Trellis-trained vineyard

High-quality grapes centering on Koshu and Muscat Bailey A are grown with a focus on achieving higher quality.

Wine Museum

Many and various articles related to wine are on display here, which include a grape squeezer used in France.

400 Yama, Katsunuma-cho, Koshu City, Yamanashi 409-1306
Open Seven days a week (except for the year-end and New Year, as well as other certain public holidays)
Opening times: 9:00 -11:30 / 13:00 - 15:30
(Last entry for the shop and wine tasting is 17:00)

Admission to the winery is free.
No reservation required for individual visitors.

*No alcohol will be served to visitors who visit the winery by car or bicycle. Non-alcoholic grape juice is available instead.
*No pets allowed. Assistance dogs are welcome.

Komoro Winery

Nagano

The pioneer of the Chikuma River Wine Valley

Because of its climate and environment, the Chikuma River Wine Valley has been attracting increasing attention as a vineland recently. As one of the first companies to start viticulture in this region, Manns Wines established the Komoro Winery in 1973. The production here centers on SOLARIS Series, a premium range of "Japan Wine" developed by the comprehensive skills of Manns Wines. Why not combine your visit to the winery with nature trailing at Mount Asama and the Chikuma River or sightseeing in the nearby areas, including Karuizawa.

Espalier-trained vineyard using
Manns Rain Cut cultivation method

Manns Rain Cut, an original viticultural method developed by Manns Wines has been introduced for harvesting high-quality grapes in Japan’s rainy climate.

Basement wine cellar

Hidden underneath Bansui-en, a Japanese-style garden that measures nearly ten thousand square meters representing the terrain of Shinshu, there stretches a grand wine cellar. The cellar opens its usually closed door to the public for special occasions such as harvest festivals, where fee-based tasting events are held featuring SOLARIS Series.

375 Moro, Komoro City, Nagano 384-0043
Open Seven days a week (except for the year-end and New Year, as well as other certain public holidays)
Opening times: 9:00 -11:30 / 13:00 - 15:30
(Last entry for the shop and wine tasting is 17:00)

Admission to the winery is free.
No reservation required for individual visitors.

*No alcohol will be served to visitors who visit the winery by car or bicycle. Non-alcoholic grape juice is available instead.
*No pets allowed. Assistance dogs are welcome.

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