Fine Highland Grown Wine

Hiruzen Winery

maniwa city, okayama prefecture, visitwestjapan
Photographer | Takuma Kimura

 

Opened in 2010, Hiruzen Winery is a full-service facility located in Maniwa City. This highland region produces excellent grapes which are used to make a variety of red, white, and rosé wines. The owner has been a wine lover most of his life and is eager to share about the unique grapes and methods used to produce the wine at this mountain villa.

Part of the winery’s mission is to help promote the region and attract new and return visitors, adding another facet to a diverse agricultural landscape. Although widely known for dairy, wine grape cultivation has been practiced in Hiruzen since the late 1970s.

Vitis Coignetiae (named after the botanical name of the winery’s signature mountain grape) is the name of the winery shop and eatery. The lunch menu ( served from 11am-2pm) consists of seasonally inspired lunch sets and galettes (a kind of crêpe ) served with soup and salad. Try a glass of the winery’s original mountain grape and jersey milk combination and a serving of mountain grape ice cream at the cafe (open 9am-4pm).

The shop is stocked with a selection of wine with tasting available when it is not too busy. Cheese and wine sets are can be purchased if you fancy a bit more than a taste and of course you can always buy a bottle of wine or two. Other items featured at the shop include mountain grape wine coolers, mountain grape, blueberry, apple and pear jam as well as mountain grape juice and fruit sauce.

Wine tasting and sommelier courses are available throughout the year and winery tours for groups of ten or more are available with advanced reservation. Plan a tour early in the morning then have lunch at Vitis Coignetiae, after which you can pick up a few items to take away from the shop. 

Access: Take the Super Yakumo from JR Okayama Station to JR Niimi Station. Transfer to the Hakubi Line at JR Niimi Station. Take the Hakubi Line to JR Ebi Station. Hiruzen Winery is about a 25-minute taxi ride from JR Ebi Station.

 

About the Area

Maniwa City is a vast rural city that offers travelers the opportunity to enjoy lush scenery, agricultural goodness, outdoor activities, historic townscapes and relaxing hot springs.

The Hiruzen Highlands and the surrounding mountains largely define Maniwa’s natural environment. Highland pastures are home to the local dairy industry, which is at the forefront of milk and natural cheese production.

The mountains of the Hiruzen region are great for skiing and trekking, with the lowland areas offering excellent roads for cycling.

Katsuyama is a traditional town that is dominated by authentic Edo era storefronts, houses and warehouses. The town shops are famous for the curtains that decorate their entrances.

North of Katsuyama is the hot spring town of Yubara and its signature Yubara Dam. Enjoy an outdoor bath at the base of the dam or venture into one of the local spas.

Cancellation Policy

1) Detailed tour information & conditions will be given after application is made; please read and confirm the final itinerary before the departure date.
2) Reservations: Fill out the application contact form; application is complete upon payment. Reservations accepted by phone, mail, fax, online, or other communicative methods. The contract is not valid at time of reservation; the customer will be asked to submit an application form and payment within 3 days from time of reservation. If application form and payment are not submitted within the term, the reservation shall be considered void.
3) Items not included in tour price: Transportation costs not included in itinerary, optional tour fees, excess baggage fees, any fees of a personal nature (phone bills, meal costs, etc.) Items excluded from the tour will be stated in the tour information.
4) Cancellation fees: When the application is cancelled by the customer or when payment has not been made by the specified date, Ryobi Tours shall receive a percentage of the per person tour fee as a cancellation fee, or a penalty fee. Differences in room charges that result from one person in a group cancelling shall be charged to the participating person(s).

Cancellation Date Up to 21 days prior 20-8 days prior 7-2 days prior Day prior to start of tour Day of tour After start of tour/non-participation with no contact
Cancellation Fee No charge 20% of tour fee 30% of tour fee 40% of tour fee 50% of tour fee 100% of tour fee