About Us

Visitjapanesewinery.com is run by Vinicuest, and offers the information on Genuine Japanese wineries. You can pick up where the Japanese Winery is, what grape variety they use, and how to visit them at one stop.

This site focuses on Wine Tourism in Japan, and we wish you could visit as many wineries as possible to taste their wines during your stay in Japan.

The wineries introduced here make Genuine Japanese Wine, which do NOT use imported bulk wine, must, or grape. They use from international varieties such as Cabernet Sauvignon or Chardonnay, to Japanese indigenous varieties such as Koshu or Muscat Bailey A. You can enjoy wide range of flavor and texture.

Who is Yoko?

Yoko Obara
She is a proprietor of Vinicuest(Vinicuest.com), wine educator, and translator in Japan. She was born and raised in Japan, has B.Sc. (majored in pharmacy), and was an organic chemist for 8years. She has deep knowledge about wine with highly regarded certification, WSET Diploma, and now enrolled in Master of Wine study program from 2015. With her scientific back ground, her motto is to understand wine scientifically. She has been teaching wine in various occasions since 2011.

She has a strong will to activate Japanese wineries, especially internationally. “There are many fine Japanese wineries, but most of them have no means to send out their information/message to the globe. I’d like to help them to communicate with as many people outside Japan as possible by translation.” She founded this website to introduce Genuine Japanese wineries in English focusing on Wine Tourism of Japan, as most of the wineries are small and do not produce enough bottles of wine to export. “Japan is the country of artisans. If you visit any wineries and try Japanese wines, you will discover how Japanese wines are tempting. They are unparalleled treasure.”

She is also trying to open up Japanese wine society to the globe by translating fine wine articles. Her passion persuaded Jancis Robinson MW to allow her translate jancisrobinson.com into Japanese (see Vinicuest.com). “There are many interesting and important information about wine in English, but most of Japanese ignore it just because it is NOT written in Japanese. I want to introduce global point of view into Japan by translating fine wine articles into Japanese.”

Yes, where there is a will, there is a way.