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

Message from Yumi Tanabe, Chairperson

Yumi TanabeThis is the 7th time women 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 award-winning wines will help to expand consumption to rural areas 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

judgingThis 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.

Judges 2020

The 7th “SAKURA” Japan Women’s Wine Awards

In 2020, the total entry of 4,333 wines were received from 29 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 49 exceptional wines were awarded Diamond Trophies.

Result 2020


Award Medallion Seals

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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.

Sales Parnters

Special Awards, Best Pairing Wine for Asian Cuisine, Grand-Prix

  • The Best Woman Winemaker
  • The Best Wine “ROSE”
  • The Best Japanese Wine
  • The Best Cost Performance Wine
  • The Great Value Sparkling Wine
  • The Lesser-Known grape Varieties in the Japanese Market
  • The Fortified Wineイメージ
  • The Dessert Wine
  • The Best Wine for Asian Foods
    (Sushi, Tempura, Sukiyaki, Yakitori, Teppanyaki, Japanese Pot-Au-Feu, Korean, Chinese and Thai)

2020 Special Awards

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