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Fattoria Al Fiore

Nestled at the foot of the Zao Federation mountain range in Kawasaki Town, Miyagi is Fattoria al Fiore, a winery that sits housed within a former school gymnasium. Established in 2015 by Hirotaka and Reina Meguro, the old basketball court now plays home to a sea of amphora filled with the likes of Koshu, Delaware, Muscat A Baily and many more indigenous varieties.

Al Fiore meaning ‘single flower’ in Japanese is named after Hirotaka’s former restaurant. The winery is operated by Hirotaka and his wife Reina supported by a small team of 4-5 who produce around 15,000 bottles per year.

As expected with all things Japanese, each wine is made with precision and care. With grapes both difficult to source and grow, every grape must be treated with respect. Each bottle number is hand written and dyed using persimmon fruit.

As grapes are difficult to grow in the region, Reina and Hirotaka predominantly source their grapes from neighbouring regions like Yamagata (Grape Republic) and Yamanashi, home of Koshu grape - south of Tokyo. However, in 2014 they began developing their own vineyard with the dream to harvest and produce wines purely from their own crop. Hoping to see this come to fruition in 2021.

Their wines are made up of both vitis vinifera (european varieties) and vitis labrusca, commonly known as table grapes. With the likes of Delaware, Stueben, and Niagara they bring an alluring perfume of ripe fruits and flowers unlike no other. They are extremely delicate, matching perfectly with the subtle flavours of Japanese cuisine.

Reina & Hirotake make their wines as naturally as possible. There are no additives used, no fining or filtration either. Production is small and so allocations are very limited. We are extremely lucky to have them here in Australia.

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