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Wine is in essence a product made by locals using local produce (fruits) to be appreciated
with a spirit of hospitality. As such, the Gassan Toraya Winery has been committed since
its establishment to make its wines by carefully selecting only fruits from Yamagata prefecture.
Every bottle is made with care using only the highest quality Yamagata grapes. Grapes are selected on quality-based criteria from the winery’s own vineyard and other contracted local vineyards to produce wines with a unique Yamagata taste.
With the motto of “Wine and climate are a whole,” all ingredients are locally produced. No imported wine or fruits are used, and all grapes and fruits used are freshly harvested. The winery’s own vineyard and eight other contracted vineyards form the Hazukikai association. It does regular training and holds local seminars, giving technical guidance on cultivation while thoroughly studying fruit thinning to develop high quality grapes of high sugar content.
Yamagata prefecture is Japan’s leading production area for cherries. In the center of it towers the 1,980 meter tall Mt. Gassan, at the foot of which stands the Gassan Toraya Winery located in Nishikawa Town. Due to the nature of the land, a basin surrounded by mountains, the distinction between the seasons there is quite pronounced. That and the high difference in temperature between night and day makes it possible to cultivate seasonal grapes of high quality.
This white wine with a balance of sweetness and acidity has the distinctive sweet aroma of Delaware grapes.
Matured over one year in French oak barrels, this red wine with a mixed aroma of berries and spices has rich flavors.
Using only Muscat Bailey A, this sparkling rosé wine has a candy-like aroma and flavor that leave a somewhat subtle sweetness.
This fruit wine has an aroma of cherries and a harmony of acidity and sweetness that makes it sweet and sour.
Kotobuki Toraya Brewery established in Yamagata City by Sozaemon Onuma
Independent brewery branch established in Sagae under the name of Chiyokotobuki
Acquirement of a Fruit Wine Manufacturing License and start of production and sale of cherry wine
Start of production of Gassan Sanroku Toraya wines after inheriting the Nishikawa Town brewery.
Release of the completely additive-free Gassan Sanroku Heurige wine
Toshihiro Onuma appointed company representative and Naoko Oizumi head of the winery
“Tsukitora Merlot 2015” won the Gold Medal in the European-style Red Wine Category at the Japan Wine Competition
“Gassan Sanroku Muscat Bailey A barrel-fermented 2017” won the Gold Medal in the Domestic Improved Cultivar Red Wine Category at the Japan Wine Competition
3 minutes by car from the Nishikawa IC on the Yamagata Expressway
10 minutes on foot from the Nishikawa Town
Kaishu bus stop