If you are visiting Sapporo, Chitose winery should be your first choice, in terms of accessibility as well as the quality of wine. The station closest to the winery is just 2 station away from New Chitose Airport, and you can reach them easily on foot (about 7 min).
- Hour & Close
- Hour 9:00-12:00, 13:00-17:00
- Close Sat, Sun, and holiday during November to March, Year end and New year
- Language Support & Services
- Language English (fluent); As multilingual staf is limited, request is required
- Restaurant No
- cellar Door Yes
- Tasting Yes
- Grape Variety Pinot Noit, Kerner, and special wine made from Hascup
- Winery Tour Yes (Free, or Charged one @ 2,000 JPY; Need reservation by the day before visit)
- by Car 15 min from New Chitose Airport
- by Train Chitose Station of JR Chitose line, and 10 min on foot or 2 min by taxi (2nd stop from New Chitose Airport)
- Taxi stand at Nearest Station Yes
Report by VisitEDjapanesewinery.com
They are located in the midst of residential area, and the stone building is built by the traditional Hokkaido Style. You can see the wooden brace inside their building.
They have cosy cellar door where you can enjoy tasting for free (items are limited), or can take a guided tour at 2,000 JPY, which include the tasting of higher range of wine. VJW’s recommendation is their Kerner. The floral aroma and crisp acidity is the best in balance.
They also take a great care to produce Pinot Noir, which quality is highly regarded. They have planted PN in 1992, but haven’t released their first Pinot Noir until 2004 as they wanted to make a good quality wine never disappoint the customer.
Although it is not “wine” strictly, they make Hascup wine, which is made from indigenous fruits grown almost exclusively in Hokkaido. The flavor is quite enjoyable with high mouthwatering acidity and charming vivid red fruits. They also provide the brochure written in English, if you are interested.