Location: Yamanashi, Japan
You may be surprised to read that Japan has actually been making wine since as far back as 1874. Admittedly, until recently, quality levels have varied greatly from producer to producer. But over the last 20 years, a wine revolution has been taking place in Japan.
The Lumière winery was founded in 1855 by Tokuyoshi Furuya, the great-grandfather of the present owner, Toshihiko Tsukamoto. In the mid-1960's, Toshihiko Tsukamoto decided to re-build the winery using modern technology and renamed it Lumière (previously named Koshu-en).
Today, the winery is run by 5th generation winemaker Shigeki Kida, who oversees Lumière winemaking operations. The winery owns 3 hectares of vines and sources grapes under contract from a further 27 hectares of vines in the Yamanashi Prefecture. Lumière spares no effort in its winemaking endeavours and has consistently won wine international awards over the last 25 years.