News Release
February 13, 2014

The First “Japan Women's Wine Awards 2014 ~Sakura Wine Awards~"
The Awards will be announced on February 14, 2014!

The judging took place at the “Terratoria" located in Tennozu Isle from February 1 -4, 2014.

Four days of blind tasting was done by 170 wine professional women from all over Japan judged 1922 wines placed in 51 wine categories. Each day 70 judges separated into groups of 5 tasted 4 categories of wine. We were delighted with special judges; Yuko Kibayashi, the author of “Kami no Shizuku"; Michie Nakamaru, opera singer; and Ami Ozaki, singer-songwriter.

The wine service was professionally conducted by 20 male sommeliers from Resort Trust and graduates from Tanabe Yumi Wine School.

The winner announced on Feb. 14 on website

The initial announcement of the “Double Gold", “Gold", and “Silver" awards will be made on February 14, 2014, Valentine's Day, online at and Japan's largest fashion news site, “modelpress".

The highest rated wines will be awarded the “Diamond Trophy". There will also be special awards including: “Cost Performance," “Best Accompanied Wine for Special Cuisine," “Best Wine made by Female Winemaker," and “Best Label Design". The “Diamond Trophy" and the other special awards will be announced at the award presentation on the first day of FOODEX JAPAN at Makuhari Messe. The awards will also be on display during the exhibition--where 70,000 visitors are expected to attend.

March 4, (Tuesday) 13:30 – 14:00
Official book: The winning wines will be published by the Wine and Spirit Culture Association in a catalog

Press Coverage:

We received more than 20 media coverage, including BS-TBS, Yomiuri Newspaper. They will be posted on our site as they become available.

“Sakura Wine Awards” campaign at department stores and wine shops hereafter,

many sales promotions and campaign events will show case the “SAKURA” Award Wines in various parts of Japan.  We hope that you will not miss the opportunity to see the special awarded wines and try them with your favorite cuisine.     Dates and place will be posted on this site.

“Sakura Wine Awards" Reception

April 20, 2014 at Shinjuku Keio Plaza Hotel
We hope you will not miss the opportunity of tasting the award winning wines and meet some of the judges. Details will be posted soon!