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Japanese wine exported to EU for first time

Published:  23 July, 2008

Shizen 2006 has become the first Japanese wine to be imported into the European Union (EU).

Until January 2008, restrictions existed on the importation of Japanese wines due to the lack of regulation meaning such products were unable to obtain a VL-1 certificate.

However, The Asagiri Wine Company's - which produces Shizen - has pushed the EU for permission to verify that the standards of wine production of Japanese wineries interested in exporting to the EU.

As a result, a VL-1 certificate can now be granted to Japanese wineries and a shipment of Shizen 2006, Cuvee Denis Dubourdieu was the first to arrive in the UK on January 31 2008.

The wine is made from Japan's indigenous Koshu grape.