Ben says

★★ Great Wine This wine is pricier than its outstanding Kayagatake Koshu sibling and it is arguably a little more complex; it is pithier in its citrus note, bringing more lemon than grapefruit, and its finish is very long and saline, while managing to be equally bright. It is still a masterpiece in delicacy and a great wine, albeit without as much personality, for me, as the Kayagatake. It is, however, a perfect sushi partner.

Guerrieri Rizzardi '3 Cru' Amarone della Valpolicella Red Wine


Varietal Koshu with 12.0% abv. Long gentle pressing before being fermented and matured in stainless steel tanks.

Grown in: Yamanashi, JAPAN.

Food Pairing

This is the perfect sushi wine – even moreso than the Kayagatake.

Disclosure & Price

Tasted during the Hallgarten portfolio tasting. Find in the UK for circa £24.00 at VINVM.

Reviewed and tasted: 20/02/2024

Ben Franks Wine Tasting Note Producer Profile

About the Producer

Grace Winery was established in 1923 and has become synonymous on the export market with some of the finest Koshu wines of Japan. The current generation winemaker is Ayana Misawa, who continues her father Shigekazu Misawa’s philosophy that great wine is made in the vineyard. Grace Winery was the first Japanese winery to use the European method of Vertical Shoot Positioning in the vineyard.