Mt. Fuji looms large over Suntory Tomi no Oka Winery. The winery's tasting room boasts spectacular views of the mountain, and the local terroir is an area renowned for the high quality of its produce. Visit Suntory Tomi no Oka Winery to sample wines of distinction; it was the first Japanese winery to win a gold medal at France's Les Citadelles du Vin in 2003.
The grapes grown at the vineyard include Merlot, Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon and Koshu
The Tomi Farm was originally set up by a Railroad Councilor called Shinsuke Koyama in 1909
Winemaking in Japan can be traced back to 1874
By car, the winery is a 10-minute drive from the Futaba-Smart Interchange on the Chuo Expressway.
The closest train station is Ryuo Station on the JR Chuo Main Line. The winery is a 15-minute taxi ride from the station.
In 1983, Suntory acquired the management rights to the distinguished Château Lagrange winery in Bordeaux, France, and in 1988 they expanded by adding Weingut Robert Weil in Rheingau, Germany. The knowledge and experience they gained from these famous European wineries led Suntory to set up the Tomi no Oka Winery.
Guests are invited to take a guided tour of the winery, where they can see the rolling hills of grape vines and hear about how different types of grapes need different environments to thrive and survive. The tour then delves into the winery itself with demonstrations of wine being made.
Some tours include wine tastings; the tasting room has a stunning view of Mt. Fuji rising against the horizon. Expert tasting notes are given to guests, so you know what characteristics to look out for.
The Tomi no Oka Winery spreads out over a large mountain and the foothills nestled around its base. Different grapes are cultivated to make the most of the area's climate and nutrient-rich soil.
Every area has a dedicated expert or vintner overseen by the chief winemaker, who visits the vineyard on a daily basis to keep a close eye on the progress of the different types of grapes.
Since 2010, Tomi no Oka has been making wine exclusively using domestically grown grapes, the Japan Premium Series. New wines are constantly being developed and added such as the antioxidant, additive-free Sankaboshizai Mutenka no Oishii Wine, and the Bar de Nonda Sangria.