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  • Ortus"Origin", Jyonohira Vineyard

    The Jyonohira vineyard in Katsunuma is owned and operated by Château Mercian. The vineyard was the first to adopt guyot cultivation, in 1984, to produce Japan's finest Cabernet Sauvignon.
    There is a large temperature difference between day and night, and the area has the perfect climate conditions for ripening grapes. Located at 550-600m above sea level with clay soil, the Jyonohira vineyard is on a gentle slope that receives plenty of sunlight and wind.
    Ortus is a Latin term meaning "origin", chosen to represent the Jyonohira vineyard as the first place Mercian tried the guyot training system for cultivation in Japan. The Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot harvested are blended to draw out the maximum potential of the Jyonohira vineyard and achieve a perfect balance for its iconic wine.

  • Signature
    "Worthy of the Winemaker's Name", Kikyogahara Vineyard

    Château Mercian took on the challenge of growing Merlot at Kikyogahara from 1976. The Château Mercian Shinshu Kikyogahara Merlot 1985 was finally released in 1989, and won the Grand Gold Medal at the International Competition of Wine in Ljubljana. The vineyard continued to win medals and earned worldwide recognition as a region producing superb Merlot.
    Kikyogahara is located at an altitude of around 730m and has volcanic ash soil. The Kikyogahara Merlot used for Signature wine is grown in a specially designated region and undergoes rigorous barrel selection. Every drop of this iconic wine is worthy of the maker's pride, confidence and signature.
    The Kikyogahara winery opens in autumn 2018, marking a new challenge for the area.

  • Omnis
    "Everything" Combined in One Wine, Mariko Vineyard

    The Mariko vineyard was created in 2003 as a vineyard under our own management. The name "Mariko" comes from the historical figure Maroko no Miko, son of Emperor Kinmei, who ruled this area in the late 6th century. The Mariko vineyard is located at an altitude of 650m on hilly land with extremely clayey soil. We are challenging ourselves anew to produce the very finest quality from this wide open space blessed with nature.
    The Mariko winery, built with a view over 20hectares of superb vineyard, is due for completion in 2019. We aim to produce even finer quality by overseeing the entire process from vineyard to wine making.
    "Omnis" is a Latin word meaning "all", representing the coming together of Bordeaux-style red varieties from the Mariko vineyard and the full expression of "terroir"of this vineyard.

  • Rivalis
    On Both Banks of the "River", Hokushin Left and Right Bank

    In the north of Nagano Prefecture, the left bank of the Chikuma river contains plenty of clay soil which produces wine with a balance of rich aroma and gentle acidity.
    "Rivalis" is the Latin word for "river", signifying the high quality of the wine that comes from both the left and right banks.

  • Left bank

    In the Hokushin region of Nagano Prefecture, the left bank of the Chikuma river near Nagano city forms a unique geographical feature as it runs along the geological fault line at the northern edge of the Zenkoji plain.
    The vineyard is situated around 350m high and has clay soil, producing grapes with an overall mellow and rich flavour.

    Left bank
  • Right bank

    The right bank of the Chikuma river, also in the Hokushin region of Nagano Prefecture but closer to the cities of Takayama and Suzaka, is made up of sloping ground between 400 and 600m above sea level. The soil has sand and gravel with lots of iron, deposited in the alluvial fan of the Matsu river, a tributary of the Chikuma river. The topsoil is barely 20cm deep, with sand and gravel below, giving the area exceptionally good drainage.

    Right bank

TerroirThe Spirit of Difference Produced by Each Vineyard

  • Terroir

    Our terroir series is based on the concept of "the right variety in the right place".
    We draw out the characteristics of each grape variety by selecting a growing area and specific location from the four prefectures of Yamanashi, Nagano, Akita and Fukushima.
    We will continue our pursuit of the potential of Japanese terroir.

  • Château Mercian Jyonohira

    Château Mercian
    Jyonohira

    Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot

    Vineyard

    Purple side of garnet hue. Hint of aging on the edges. The aroma of berries, such as the ripe cassis and raspberries, blends with the aroma of vanilla and chocolate derives from oak barrels, spices, mulch and tanned skins. With a mild acidity, the rich fruit flavor and soft tannins remain as finish.

  • Château Mercian Hosaka Muscat Bailey A

    Château Mercian
    Hosaka Muscat Bailey A

    Muscat Bailey A

    Vineyard

    A red wine having rich aromas of red fruit and complexity with pleasant acidity. The Hosaka District is located on the hill side of Nirasaki City in Yamanashi Prefecture. Muscat Bailey A matures well with balanced acidity due to good exposure and a large temperature difference between day and night. It goes through the extended aging in oak barrels.

  • Château Mercian Yamanashi Muscat Bailey A

    Château Mercian
    Yamanashi Muscat Bailey A

    Muscat Bailey A

    Vineyard

    This wine strikes an excellent balance between the aromas of red fruits like strawberry and the flavors produced by the barrel aging. Muscat Bailey A is the Japanese original variety, born by cross-breeding in 1927

  • Château Mercian Iwade Koshu Kiiroka Cuvée Ueno

    Château Mercian
    Iwade Koshu Kiiroka Cuvée Ueno

    Koshu

    Vineyard

    Typical Kiiroka (translated as aroma of yellow colored citras fruit) mineral expression, abundant fuitiness and refreshing style.

  • Château Mercian Tamamoro Koshu Kiiroka

    Château Mercian
    Tamamoro Koshu Kiiroka

    Koshu

    Vineyard

    The color is straw with a shine.
    The aroma of Japanese citrus such as yuzu, Cabos and Sudachi. Able to feel fresh citrus aroma reminiscent of grapefruit and lime. Refreshing acidity and minerality feeling spreads in the mouth.

  • Château Mercian Fuefuki Koshu Gris de Gris

    Château Mercian
    Fuefuki Koshu Gris de Gris

    Koshu

    Vineyard

    This wine has a sweet aroma like apple compote and lots of volume on the palate. Its flavour expresses the essence of the skins of the Japanese indigenous grape variety Koshu. Koshu comes from the Fuefuki District in Yamanashi Prefecture.

  • Château Mercian Yamanashi Koshu

    Château Mercian
    Yamanashi Koshu

    Koshu

    Vineyard

    This dry white wine offers a rich mid-palate texture with umami. Koshu, a native Japanese grape variety that has been growing for centuries, is fermented and aged on the lees (sur lie) till the bottling.

  • Château Mercian Kikyogahara Merlot

    Château Mercian
    Kikyogahara Merlot

    Merlot

    Vineyard

    This Merlot is elegant and supple with black fruits such as blueberry flavors on entry, hints of earthy note and cloves with a touch of well integrated wood, having a long lingering finish. Merlot has been cultivated in the Kikyogahara District of Shiojiri since 1976. We have been making Kikyogahara Merlot since 1985, a label which continue to be recognised as one of Japan's best red wines.

  • Château Mercian Mariko Merlot

    Château Mercian
    Mariko Merlot

    Merlot

    Vineyard

    Good austerity with mouth coating tannins. Good potential.
    Good austerity with dry fruits character. Good potential with rich tannins.Merlot comes from the Mariko Vineyard in Ueda City, Nagano Prefecture.

  • Château Mercian Mariko Syrah

    Château Mercian
    Mariko Syrah

    Syrah

    Vineyard

    This wine has aromas of white pepper and brack coloerd fruits with a perfect balance of pleasant acidity and fruitiness. Syrah comes from the Mariko Vineyard in Ueda City, Nagano Prefecture.

  • Château Mercian Mariko Chardonnay

    Château Mercian
    Mariko Chardonnay

    Chardonnay

    Vineyard

    This wine harmoniously combines aromas of vanilla and coffee, and fruity flavor notes of pineapple and lemon with minerality. The Chardonnay comes from "Mariko Vineyard" in Ueda City, Nagano Prefecture.

  • Château Mercian Mariko Sauvignon Blanc

    Château Mercian
    Mariko Sauvignon Blanc

    Sauvignon Blanc

    Vineyard

    This wine delivers the aromas of citrus and passion fruit, with herbal nuances and a mouthwatering acidity. Sauvignon blanc comes from "Mariko Vineyard", Mercian's managed vineyard in Ueda city, Nagano Prefecture.

  • Château Mercian Hokushin Chardonnay

    Château Mercian
    Hokushin Chardonnay

    Chardonnay

    Vineyard

    This wine has well-balanced complexity, with a minerality on the palate complemented by a burst of tropical flavor. We carefully blended the wines from both left and right bank of Chikuma River in the Hokushin District of Nagano Prefecture. The clay soil of the left bank contributes tropical flavor, while the sandy right bank brings fresh acidity and power.

  • Château Mercian Hokushin Chardonnay Unwooded

    Château Mercian
    Hokushin Chardonnay Unwooded

    Chardonnay

    Vineyard

    This wine strikes an excellent balance between the abundant fruit flavors and the soft acidity with an elegant floral aroma. Chardonnay from Hokushin district of Nagano Prefecture is fermented and aged in stainless steel.

  • Château Mercian Nagano Merlot

    Château Mercian
    Nagano Merlot

    Merlot

    Vineyard

    Carefully vinified and blended by our winemakers, the wine gives feeling of ripe fruit and elegant flavor. Nagano is the most famous region for Merlot.

  • Château Mercian Nagano Chardonnay

    Château Mercian
    Nagano Chardonnay

    Chardonnay

    Vineyard

    The wine was aged in oak barrel to have smooth and elegant textures with rich taste and mineral flavors. Nagano is the most famous region for Chardonnay.

  • Château Mercian Omori Riesling

    Château Mercian
    Omori Riesling

    Riesling

    Vineyard

    Shiny pale lemon yellow. Fresh citrus aromas such as lemon and lime blended with white flowers and herbs. Rich and refreshing acidity and minerality can be felt.

  • Château Mercian Niitsuru Chardonnay

    Château Mercian
    Niitsuru Chardonnay

    Chardonnay

    Vineyard

    This wine has beautifully balanced acidity and flavors of tropical fruit. The Niitsuru District is located on the western side of Fukushima Prefecture, far from the sea. Chardonnay matures well in this continental climate where exists the large temperature difference between night and day.

QualityTowards a New Japanese Standard

  • Quality

    We want the f lavour of Japanese wine to be acknowledged at everyday dining tables. To make this wish a reality, our wine makers have honed their sensibilities to create wines that set a new standard for Japan.
    Inspired by traditional Japanese colours such as Aiakane (indigo madder), Moegi (yellow-green) and Momoiro (peach), we have created approachable, easy-to-drink Japanese wines that bring pleasure to everyday life.

  • Château Mercian Aiakane

    Château Mercian
    Aiakane

    Merlot, Muscat Bailey A

    This red wine strikes a good balance between a pleasant acidity and gentle tannins with the aromas of red fruits. The name was given in relation with traditional Japanese colors "Ai" and "Akane"; represent respectively the characteristics of Merlot and the Japanese original variety Muscat Bailey A, born by cross-breeding in 1927. A benchmark in Japanese wine, crafted to accompany everyday Japanese dishes.

  • Château Mercian Momoiro

    Château Mercian
    Momoiro

    Merlot, Muscat Bailey A

    Dry rosé with rich fruity aroma and good structure. Château Mercian Momoiro is a blend of Merlot and Muscat Bailey A, born by cross-breeding in 1927, creating to pair with everyday dishes. The name was given in relation with traditional Japanese color "Momoiro" represent the color of rosé. A benchmark in Japanese wine, crafted to accompany everyday Japanese cuisine.

  • Château Mercian Moegi

    Château Mercian
    Moegi

    Chardonnay, Koshu

    The wine is finely balanced on the palate characterized by lively acidity and a sensation of minerality, as well as rich fruitiness. Château Mercian Moegi is a blend of Chardonnay and Koshu, created to pair with Japanese dishes. The name was given in relation with traditional Japanese colors "Moe" and "ki(gi)", represent respectively the characteristic of Chardonnay, as "ki(gi)", and Koshu, as "Moe", the Japanese indigenous variety . A benchmark in Japanese wine, crafted to accompany everyday Japanese cuisine.