Dear Wine Lover,
We are pleased to invite you to a wine dinner featuring two artisan Japanese wine brands, namely 98WINEs and COCO FARM & WINERY, at The Aubrey, Mandarin Oriental, Hong Kong.
Japanese wine may not be as well-known as their national counterpart – Japanese sake – yet, but it is gaining rapid fame in recent years with local winemaking talents and increasing quality. Yamanashi Prefecture (山梨県) is the most important wine region of the country, growing a quarter of Japan’s grapes and nestled by 58 wineries. 98WINEs is one of the leading names in the region. It was founded by Yuki Hirayama (平山繁之) in 2018, after studying and apprenticing in Burgundy, with a philosophy of always looking for the remaining imperfect 2% (thus the name) for improvement.
Hokkaido (北海道) is another frontier opened up for modern winemaking in the 1960s, with its extremely cold environment and much lower summer rainfall. COCO FARM & WINERY, which operates an estate as a social enterprise to help people with intellectual disability and autism at Tochigi Prefecture (栃木県), teams up with 10R (トアール, TOARU) winery in Hokkaido to create a series of wines of natural style made in non-interventionist approach. Join us for the evening to taste the artisan wines from these two unique Japanese wineries, widely listed in Michelin-starred restaurants in Tokyo, and distributed exclusively by Watson’s Wine in Hong Kong.