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FOR TASTING ISHIKAWA’S WINE

WINERY VSIT

FOR TASTING ISHIKAWA’S WINE

Both Yamanashi and Nagano are well known for their wine production in Japan, but in recent years, Ishikawa has been increasingly recognized for its wine throughout the country. Currently, grapes are grown on the vast land facing the sea, mainly in the Noto Peninsula, and unique wines are produced in Wajima, Anamizu, and Kanazawa. Unlike other parts of the Hokuriku region, the Noto area is cool in the summer with relatively little snow in the winter. The annual rainfall is around 2,000 mm, which surprisingly, is less than in Tokyo. This means it satisfies a couple of important winemaking conditions - that is to say, “long daylight hours” and “little rainfall” - so it is considered to have a climate that is ideal for winemaking. Wineries in the Noto Peninsula offer a number of wines with a slight scent of seawater as there is a sea breeze that adds to the flavor of the wine produced there. Why not visit a winery in Ishikawa Prefecture, where you can enjoy wine tasting and a delicious meal that will complement the wine?

 
 
 
 
 
 

Brewing sea wine that governs the blessing of the sea.

Heidee Winery

 
31-21-1, Sendai, Monzenmachi, Wajima
Tour: 11:00~ / 12:30~ / 14:00~ / 16:30~;
Wine Shop: 10:00-17:00;
Cafe: 14:00-16:30 (l.c.); 
Lunch: 11:30-14:00 (l.c.);
Dinner: 17:00-19:30 (l.c.); closed Tuesday; 
Phone: 0768-42-2622
https://heidee-winery.jp

Founded in 2011, Heidee Winery makes wine in Wajima City, which faces the Sea of Japan, so its slogan is: “Brewing sea wine that governs the blessing of the sea." With longer sunshine hours than other parts of Japan, the grapes are grown in a place with a gentle sea breeze.
The winery continues to grow grapes and makes wine alongside nature. It uses no herbicides or chemical fertilizers, just the appropriate organic compost, which is added to prepare the soil and thoroughly optimizes the yield and quality. Moreover, all the fruits are picked by hand to prevent stress on them. The winery makes different types of wine, including red, white, and rosé, from the grape varieties it grows, such as Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Petit Verdot, Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Sémillon, and Albariño. It is possible to visit the winery and sample wine if you make a reservation at least the day before. It also has an authentic restaurant and café, which are indispensable for modern winery tours, so that you can savor delicious dishes that go well with the wine from Heidee Winery.
 

 

 
 

The earth of the vineyard was improved by adding oyster shells grown in Anamizu Bay.

Noto Wine

 
Ri-5-1, Asahigaoka, Anamizu
Tour: 9:00-17:00
9:00-17:00; open everyday
Phone: 0768-58-1577
http://notowine.com

In 2004, Noto Wine was founded in Anamizu, Noto Peninsula as the first winery to run a fully-fledged wine business in Ishikawa Prefecture. The earth of the vineyard was improved by adding oyster shells grown in Anamizu Bay, also known as the Oyster Village, so it contains plenty of sea minerals that bring an absolutely unique quality to the grapes. The winery has Hokuriku region’s largest vineyard with over 20,000 trees, and it boasts a wealth of grape varieties, including five used for red wine (Muscat Bailey A, Yama Sauvignon, Sangiovese, Zweigeltrebe, Merlot) and three for white wine (Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Niagara). Since its foundation, Noto Wine has won numerous awards in various competitions, earning a higher award each time, thanks to the improved quality of its highly rated wine. The winery can be visited without making a reservation.
 

 

 
 

At a townhouse in Owari-cho, the urban winery makes wine from grapes grown in Ishikawa.

Kanazawa Winery   
~A La Ferme De Shinjiro~

 
1-9-9, Owaricho, Kanazawa
Open: 11:30-13:30 (l.c.); 18:00-20:30 (l.c.); closed Wednesday
Phone: 076-221-8818
https://k-wine.jp

In 2018, the owner, who was a representative of organic farmers, opened a long-awaited winery in Kanazawa, which can be easily accessed by locals, as well as wine fans from both home and abroad. At a townhouse in Owari-cho, the urban winery makes wine from grapes grown in Ishikawa Prefecture by using diatomaceous earth from Suzu, red soil from Anamizu, and sedimentary soils from sand dunes in Takamatsu, Uchinada and from reclaimed land near Kahokugata Lagoon. On the first floor of the townhouse, it makes various wines, such as a slightly sparkling rosé made from Campbell Early, a grape variety that features a gorgeous aroma and a refreshing taste, and a fresh red made from Muscat Bailey A, grown by an exemplary farmer in Kaga City. The French restaurant on the second floor serves the wines with authentic French cuisine made with plenty of local ingredients. You can see the winery through the windows, but there are no winery tours available.