Type: Orange Wine
Grape: Delaware, Niagara, Shine Muscat
Grape Republic was founded by restaurateur and sommelier Kazuomi Fujimaki in 2015 who moved from Tokyo to the village of Shinden in Yamagata. With no previous experience in winemaking, he set three simple rules for himself: The cultivation must be organic, the wines must be made without sulfur or other additives, and they should preferably be aged in amphora. The goal was to make pure, vibrant Japanese wines using the grapes grown in Yamagata. Grape Republic owns their own vineyards and also support local growers.
Grapes are 100% from Shinden, Yamagata, where Grape Republic is based. Cuvee Shinden 2019 was made from grapes from the winery's estate vineyard. Whole-cluster fermented and macerated in amphora for 7 months, then basket pressed. Only 860 bottles produced.