What is “Sakura” Japan Women’s Wine Awards?

田辺由美Message from Yumi Tanabe, Chairperson

This is the sixth time women active in the Japanese wine industry have participated in judging wines at the “Sakura” Japan Women's Wine Awards. The award-winning wines are available for consumers at supermarkets, wine shops, and on-line. At the same time, these wines are also being served in restaurants as well. Currently, wine consumption in Japan is predominant in large metropolitan cities, but we hope these winning wines will help to expand consumption to rural ar-eas as well. This year 560 judges gathered from all over Japan. Well-honed taste of these wine professionals have selected the award-winning wines, wines which are widely accepted by Japanese people.

Trade Only - Female Blind Judging Panel

JudgesThis competition has been judged exclusively by female wine specialists, namely sommeliers, winemakers, wine school educators, journalists, restaurant and beverage directors, retail store buyers, importers and distributors.

The 6th “Sakura” Japan Women’s Wine Awards

In 2019, the total entry of 4,326 wines were received from 34 countries, the largest entry ever!  This unique competition evaluating wine from around the world from a woman’s perspective has garnered interest globally and has set a new precedent for wine competitions. 

The 100 point scale was used for selecting Double Gold, Gold and Silver medals.  The Double Gold wines went through a final judging panel and 48 exceptional wines were awarded Diamond Trophies.


Award Medallion Seals

メダルロゴ イメージDiamond, Double Gold, Gold and Silver medal seals are available through the Competition office.  They help highlight the award the wine has earned on the shelves and in various internet shopping sites.

These seals suggest Best Wine to pair with food!

  • The Best Wine produced by Woman Winemaker
  • The Best Wine for Asian Foods
    (Sushi, Tempura, Sukiyaki, Yakitori, Teppanyaki, Japanese Pot-Au-Feu, Korean, Chinese and Thai)
  • The Best Japanese Wine “RED” , “WHITE” ,“ROSE”
  • The Best Cost Performance Wineイメージ

If you have any inquiry, please feel free to contact us.

Important Dates to remember

October 1, 2019(Tue) – November 30, 2019(Sat)
※We have an early bird discount!
5% discount from the total amount if you pay within the period by credit card.
Period applied for early bird discount:Oct.1st(Tue)~Oct. 31st(Thu), 2019 (Until 24:00pm Japan Time)
※Volume discount will also be available if you enter 11 items or more (combination use with early bird discount is applicable)
Sample Delivery
October 1, 2019(Tue) – January 10 , 2020(Fri)
Delivered to Japan
Tasting Judgement
January 28, 2020(Tue) - January 29, 2020(Wed)
Award Announcement
February 14 , 2020 (Fri) on Valentine's day
Ceremony announcing
March 10 , 2020(Tue) at FOODEX JAPAN 2020
Announcement of Diamond Trophy and Special Awards Grand Prix