The Koshu grape is the most important grape variety indigenous to Japan. It was developed from grapes that travelled the Silk Road across Central Asia from the Caucasus to China and then to Japan, at a period estimated to be around a thousand years ago.
The Koshu grape is grown primarily in Yamanashi Prefecture, whose climatic extremes of hot and cold, long days of summer sunlight, and well-drained volcanic soils are especially suited for cultivating grapes. Whilst rainstorms are common throughout the summer, Koshu is well suited to wet conditions.
We welcome Koshu of Japan (KOJ) to the Club on Wednesday 5th February, an association established in 2009 by fifteen Japanese wine producers from Yamanashi Prefecture. The organisation was set up to improve the quality of Japanese Koshu grapes, and increase awareness of Koshu on the global wine stage. Through their efforts, the wines continue to gain recognition from the global market.
I do hope you are able to join our sommeliers, where three winemakers will be present on the evening, each presenting two wines. Oysters will also be served on arrival – a perfect pairing with Koshu’s trademark low alcohol, delicate aromatics and pronounced minerality.
Wines to be confirmed.
Wednesday 5th February
St James’s Room
18:30 – welcome drink to be served
19:00 – seated Masterclass to begin
£45.00 per guest