If there is any need for further evidence that Japan can adopt, adapt and arguably even surpass western techniques and tastes, it is the Koshu area of Yamanashi Prefecture. Not long ago, Japanese wines were known for their sweet flavour and domestic-only market. Following improvements in the winemaking process, and making full use of the ideal Yamanashi topography and climate, the grapes of the area have prospered, and now Koshu wines are internationally renowned, exported all over the world, and winning awards.
In 2005, Enzan, along with the town of Katsunuma and the village of Yamato, merged to create the city of Koshu. The area is dotted with vineyards, and the surrounding mountains, plus the looming glory of Mount Fuji, provide a gorgeous backdrop to a wine-tasting and shopping visit.
One of the 100 hidden towns in Japan chosen for this publication.