TOP ＞ Lumiere Co., Ltd.
Established in 1885, Lumiere is a family-owned winery continuously operating for 130 years in Yamanashi prefecture where is the most famous and historical region for Japan's wine production. We have challenged and succeeded in making high quality wines.
Since 1967, our wines have won medals in European top competitions. The medal winning wines are showcased in our restaurant and shop. We are also working to promote wine and dine culture by offering french style dining which uses local seasonal ingredients.
■1885 Tokugi Furiya, a local lord and current president's great-great grandfather, founded Furiya Winery.
■1895 The name of company was changed to Koshu-en.
■1901 National cultural treasures "Ishigura" (wine tanks made from stone) was built.（Photo→）
■1943 The company was changed to Koshu-en Co.,Ltd. 1967 Chateau Lumiere Rouge and Blanc won gold medal at Monde Selection Wine Contest.
■1976 Toshihiko Tsukamoto became the president of Koshu-en. He improved the quality of wine greatly and we won gold and grand gold prizes in European top competitions.
■1985 A winemaking joint venture with the Chinese government was established.
■1992 The name of company was changed to Lumiere.
■1996 Chateau Lumiere Rouge was served at the luncheon party for the United States President Clinton's visit to Japan.
■2005 Shigeki Kida became the president of Lumiere.
■2007 Lumiere started to produce the sparkling wines.
Restaurant Zelkova was opened and the winery shop renewed.
■2008 The Japanese Royal Warrant was awarded.
■2011 Lumiere started to export wine to UK.
Surrounded by mountains and rivers, Yamanashi is the most spectacular vineyard region in Japan. Our main vineyards are very special, located in the area of alluvial fan. It provides preferable soil for wine making. The rocks of our vineyards are made of decomposed granite. Because of this property of the soil, this land has good drainage.
Our vineyards are cultivated using grass cover crop and no-tillage systems.This technique enhances the true nature of the grapes, and our wines can express to their utmost potential.
All of the grapes harvested by hand.
Then the grapes for the high class wines are hand-sorted on a sorting table and gently deposited into the destemmer.
A gravity-flow system is utilized which can bring down the wines naturally from the fermentation tank to the aging barrels without mechanical pumps.
Koshu is a pink-skinned grape which is one of the most popular grapes in Japan. Approximately one thousand years ago, it travelled via the Silk Road from the Caucasus, across Central Asia, then on to China and finally to Japan.
KOSHU has registered as Vitis Vinifera, an official winemaking variety, by the international organization (OIV) in 2010. Today, we have resulted in success in winning international wine competitions.
All of them are made by traditional which is same method as Champagne. This method has two fermentation steps. First fermentation begins after harvest and press, most likely to still wines. This base wine is converted to sparkling wine by adding sugar. Second one is the bottle fermentation which creates carbonation. After these steps, our sparkling wines are aged in the bottle more than 12 months. We take non dosage style to enhance delicate flavor and taste of the grapes. We produce several kinds of sparkling wines mainly use Koshu grapes.
At our restaurant, we offer selected food which uses farm-fresh and locally grown ingredients. All the cuisine menus are prix-fixed and?change monthly. You will be relaxed and enjoy the marriage Lumiere wines' and fine cuisine.
At our winery shop, all line-ups are available and we provide shop-limited wines, liqueurs, vinegars and goods. We hope you can find your favorite wines.
Lumiere's sparkling wines are made by the traditional method which is same technique as Champagne.
This method has two fermentation steps. First fermentation begins after harvest and press, most likely to still wines. This base wine is converted to sparkling wine. Second one is the bottle fermentation which creates natural carbonation. After these steps, our sparkling wines are aged in the bottle more than 12 months.
We take non-dosage style to enhance delicate flavor and taste of the grapes.
Koshu is the traditional grape variety native to Japan and has been grown for 1200 years in Yamanashi prefecture.
This wine was fermented in stainless steel tanks and aged on the lees for 6 months, and the taste is fresh and crisp with citric fruits aromas. It is a food-friendly wine and especially good with seafood and Japanese food.
The Blend of Merlo,Tannat and Cabernet Sauvignon give this wine great complexity on the nose.Rich plum and blackberries on the nose,with fine tannins,medium acidity and lots of berry flavors on the palate.
This wine is blended of Semillon, Petite Manseng,Sauvignon Blanc and etc. Lemon peel,Passion fruits and freshly cut grass on the nose.Followed by subtle nutty flavor.
This flagship limited wine uses only Koshu from our vineyards. It is aged in the barrel for long term. Very rich and elegant taste, yet fruity character of Koshu is remained.
Elegant and mellow flavor of ripened fruits, spices and butter followed by complex wood. You can enjoy the aroma and flavor of Koshu together with the volume and warmth from oak aging.
This wine is made from Cabernet Franc and Black Queen grown in Yamanashi.Well banlanced,rich and gentle taste leaves in your mouth.The color is deep ruby and flavor of elegant floral like roses.This wine is meduim body type aged in oak barrel for 29 months.
The blend of Delaware, Semillon and Milles gives this wine rich aromas of lychee as well as rose, honey and nuts. This would be best paired with seafood, light meat like chicken and fresh ham, Chinese and Ethnic food.
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Lumiere Winery / Lumiere Co., Ltd.
Owner & Wine Maker : Shigeki Kida
Vineyards: Owned: 3ha, Under Contract: 27ha
Annual Production: 300kl
Grape Varieties: White: Koshu, Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Delaware, Semillon
Red:Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlo, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot, Tannat, Tempranillo, Muscat Bailey A, Black Queen, Mills
624 Minami-noro, Ichinomiya-cho, Fuefuki-shi ,Yamanashi 405-0052 JAPAN
TEL +81 (0)553-47-0207
FAX +81 (0)553-47-2001
From Tokyo Area
90-mins by "Express Kaiji" or "Express Azusa" from Shinjyuku Station to Enzan Station or Katsunuma-budokyo station on JR Chuo Line.
15-mins by taxi from Enzan Station, or 10-mins by taxi from Katsunuma-budokyo Station.
From Nagoya Area
15-mins by chuo-local-line from Kofu Station to Yamanashi-shi Station.
15-mins by taxi from Yamanashi-shi Station.
5-mins from Chuo Highway Katsunuma I.C.
BY HIGHWAY BUS
20-mins walk from "Chuoshakado" Highway bus stop or 30 mins from "Katsunuma" Highway bus stop