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

田辺由美Message from Yumi Tanabe, Chairperson

We’re thrilled to announce the 6th “Sakura” Japan Women’s Wine Awards Competition will be held on January 29-30, 2019 in Tokyo. The Competition will feature the best commercially-produced wines from around the world, judged solely by leading professional women in the wine industry. This unique competition gives women their own “voice” by selecting wines for not only the best in their categories, food pairings and cost performance but also the wines they feel would appeal most to women wine buyers and consumers.

The ‘Sakura” awards have been established as a reliable indication of wine excellence; from wines to enjoy for everyday drinking to wines for special occasions. We hope consumers would select wines with the various “Sakura” award medals which distinguish them from other wines in store shelves and restaurants.

One of its great attributes of having the competition in Tokyo, besides being a food and travel destination, is that there is a wide range of wines and cuisines from all over the world. It is the perfect place to discover wine and culinary delights. We hope that with the “Sakura” awards, wine will become more familiar and enjoyable for all.

3Goals of “Sakura” Japan Women’s Wine Awards

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 5th “Sakura” Japan Women’s Wine Awards

In 2018, the total entry of 4,342 wines were received from 33 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 47 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)
Sample Delivery
January 10 , 2020(Fri) Delivered to Tokyo
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