Japan's wines have come a long ways since the only thing available on the shelves was Akadama Red, and Villa d'Est Winery is doing its bit to make inroads into Japan's wine culture. In my opinion, still not up to Napa, Sonoma, or Bordeaux standards, but drinkable. Although, at the price, one wouldn't want to drink it every day. That's one of the drawbacks of Japan's wines; production lots are small, which means prices are too high for the genral quality of the wines.
Still, it's a very pleasant place to visit. Have a stroll through the garden that overlooks the vineyard, which itself overlooks the distant mountain ranges. There's a decent cafe on the premises and parking is ample. Just remember, if you're driving, don't imbibe—Japan's drinking and driving laws apply to wine too!
6027, Kanou Tohmi-shi Nagano
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I've spent 37+ years living and working in Asia - 27+ in Japan, 10 in Singapore, and 1.5 in Malaysia. After many years of managing, building, and developing companies in the insurance industry I am now the Managing Director of a recruiting company, I Search Worldwide K.K. (www.isearchworldwide.co.jp). When you need quality staff in Japan contact us and let us help you fill your open positions. We recruit at various levels from back office, to mid-level management, to senior roles including Country Managers, CFOs, COOs, and more. In addition to my expertise in the Japan insurance market, as an experienced person in Japan Direct Marketing I chair the Direct Marketing Committee of the American Chamber of Commerce in Japan and consult to companies that want to enter the Japan market. I hold an MBA from California State University, a BSGS from UNO, and I am a Certified Direct Marketing Professional (Temple University). As an avid traveler and blogger, I'm pleased to share my reviews about Japan and I hope these reviews will enhance your Japan experience.