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Koshu London wine tasting enters eighth year

Published:  21 December, 2016

Koshu of Japan has announced the date of its eighth annual London wine tasting.

The event, which will take place on February 1, will see 12 producers travelling to the UK to promote their wines.

Koshu is named for a pink-skinned white grape varietal native to Japan, and which makes up the bulk of Japanese wine production.

The grape is primarily grown in the Yamanashi Prefecture at the base of Mount Fuji, which is characterised by extremes of heat and cold, and well-drained volcanic soils.

Koshu wines are naturally low in alcohol and partner well with a wide range of food.

In addition to showcasing still Koshu wines from the 2016 and 2015 vintages, the tasting will also introduce sparkling wines from the Yamanashi prefecture, as well as wines made from of Bordeaux blends, and from Chardonnay and Tempranillo, among others.

Koshu wines have been stocked in a range of UK retailers, most notably Marks & Spencer and Selfridges.

Lynne Sherriff MW, director of Koshu of Japan for UK and Europe, said: "The UK remains an important market for our wines. Trading is growing organically - as the wines gain a reputation for quality - and, despite the higher than average prices that our wines command, we have established a name and place in the market for seven producers.

"We have more producers wanting to establish themselves in the UK but we must continue to do so in a way that is a long-term investment, to ensure the wines find the correct positioning in a very crowded market."

The Koshu of Japan tasting will take run from 11.00am to 5.00pm at Ametsa, in the Halkin Hotel, Halkin Street, London SW1X 7DJ. It will include a selection of canapés from 12am until 2.30pm.

The event is open to senior-level wine trade professionals. For more information, please visit