Tsunan Sake Brewery to Launch 'GO GRANDCLASS Uonuma Koshihikari Edition' Junmai Daiginjo Sake on June 18, 2024

Tsunan Sake Brewery

06/19/2024 8:20 am

Niigata, Japan – June 18, 2024 – Tsunan Sake Brewery (Headquarters: Tsunan Town, Nakauonuma District, Niigata Prefecture; Representative Director: Kengo Suzuki) is pleased to announce the launch of its new product, the ‘GO GRANDCLASS Uonuma Koshihikari Edition’ Junmai Daiginjo sake, made from the renowned Uonuma Koshihikari rice. This exceptional sake has been awarded the Gold Prize in the Junmai Daiginjo category at the Kura Master 2024 sake competition held in France. Domestic sales will commence on June 18, 2024.

A New Approach to Sake Brewing: Sustainable Collaboration with Local Farmers
Tsunan Sake Brewery, nestled in the Uonuma region of Niigata Prefecture, is deeply committed to brewing sake that is rooted in the local nature and culture. In collaboration with local producers, the brewery has embarked on an innovative challenge: crafting sake using food-grade Koshihikari rice, rather than the traditional sake-brewing rice.

Typically, sake is brewed using sake-specific rice varieties, which are not suitable for other purposes. This can pose significant inventory risks for producers and breweries during disruptions, such as the COVID-19 pandemic. By using food-grade rice, Tsunan Sake Brewery aims to reduce the burden on rice producers and support sustainable agriculture in the region.

This initiative represents a significant step toward sustainable sake production, benefiting both the brewery and the local farming community. The ‘GO GRANDCLASS Uonuma Koshihikari Edition’ is a testament to the brewery’s dedication to delivering delicious sake while ensuring the livelihoods of local producers.

A Revolutionary Brewing Method: Achieving Excellence with Uonuma Koshihikari
Contrary to traditional beliefs that sake can only be made from sake-brewing rice, Tsunan Sake Brewery has successfully crafted a superb Junmai Daiginjo sake using Uonuma Koshihikari rice. By revisiting historical brewing methods and meticulously experimenting with the process, the brewery has captured the sweetness and umami of Koshihikari rice in this exceptional sake.

This endeavor is expected to improve the relationship between farmers and breweries regarding rice procurement, fostering sustainable agriculture and sake production nationwide.

World-Class Recognition: Gold Prize at Kura Master 2024
To showcase the potential of Uonuma’s rice and water, Tsunan Sake Brewery submitted the ‘GO GRANDCLASS Uonuma Koshihikari Edition’ to the prestigious Kura Master sake competition in Europe. Judged by European professionals, including MOF holders, top sommeliers, and industry experts, the competition conducts blind tastings to evaluate entries.

The ‘GO GRANDCLASS Uonuma Koshihikari Edition’ Junmai Daiginjo sake was awarded the Gold Prize in the Junmai Daiginjo category, demonstrating the global appeal of sake made from food-grade rice.

Product Details: GO GRANDCLASS Uonuma Koshihikari Edition
– Hand-washed rice for quality brewing
– Brewed exclusively during the pristine winter season of Tsunan
– Characteristics: Floral aroma, rich and sweet taste, long-lasting finish with umami of Koshihikari rice
– Pairing: Ideal as an aperitif to enjoy its full aroma

– Uonuma Koshihikari Rice Junmai Daiginjo
– Ingredients: Rice, Rice Koji (Tsunan, Niigata)
– Volume: 720ml
– Alcohol Content: 15%
– Rice Polishing Ratio: 50%
– Packaged in a special wooden box with a serial number tag
– Price: 8,800 JPY (tax included)
– Product Page: GO GRANDCLASS Uonuma Koshihikari Edition

About Tsunan Sake Brewery
Tsunan Sake Brewery Co., Ltd. is a Japanese sake brewery headquartered in Akina, Tsunan, Nakauonuma District, Niigata Prefecture. Known for its heavy snowfall, the region utilizes natural spring water from mountains rising 2,000 meters for brewing. Using the local sake rice variety “Gohyakumangoku,” the brewery practices sake production in harmony with nature, adopting “Brew for Future—Brewing a Coexisting Future” as its brand concept. With a new structure from 2023, the brewery aims to create new values and promote international expansion by integrating sake brewing with science.