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<Location>

Katsunuma is the centre of viniculture in japan, and Koshu grapes have been grown here for more than 12 centuries.

Katsunuma is located roughly in the centre of Japanfs main island Honshu, and is at the eastern side of Kofu valley in Yamanashi prefecture.

katsunuma landscape


Katsunuma is the centre of viniculture in japan, and Koshu grapes have been grown here for more than 12 centuries.

Katsunuma is located roughly in the centre of Japanfs main island Honshu, and is at the eastern side of Kofu valley in Yamanashi prefecture.

Surrounding mountains and alluvial fans shaped by several rivers form the geographic features of Katsunuma.  The total area of vineyards in Katsunuma is approximately 750ha, In the distance, we can see the peaks of Japan Alps.  The change of colours of the vineyards during the four distinctive seasons paints the colourful scenery of Katsunuma.

map japan yamanashi

<History>

Historically, Koshu was the name of the area around Yamanashi prefecture.  That is why the grape grown in Yamanashi is called Koshu grape.

Viniculture thrived in Katsunuma over the last 12 centuries because of fine weather, extreme variation in temperature, and fertile soil with good drainage.

old picture

(scene of Katsunuma Juku)

During Edo period (1603-1867), post towns were built along the countryfs five major highways - gKaidoh.  Katsunuma developed as one of the post-towns on Koshu Kaido, called Katsunuma-juku.  An image of Katsunuma-juku from an old painting shows grape canopies (Japanese traditional viticulture method) and teahouses selling Koshu grapes alongside Koshu Kaido.  This was a very fascinating sight for travellers, which made Katsunuma known for its Koshu grapes. The grape storages houses and teahouses from this period still remain in Katsunuma.


Nowadays, there are more than 30 individual wineries in Katsunuma.  Wine aficionados from not only Japan but all over the world come to visit them and enjoy the wines made in Katsunuma.

Katsunumafs climate, history and culture are strongly linked to Koshu grapes.  We are proud to present ARUGA BRANCA that express such culture and tradition of Japan to the rest of the world.



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