Tsunan Sake Brewery recognized for brewing excellence at world’s most prestigious blind tasting boards competition.
Tsunan, Niigata (June 1th, 2021) — Tsunan sake brewery, the maker of the “ 田人馬 TA-ZIN-BA White” was awarded a silver medal at The 2021 Sake Division of The International Wine Challenge (IWC) competition, the most influential event of the Sake Review Board outside Japan.
Tsunan sake brewery has continually demarked itself by the technique of its Sake-Horses. First launched in April, 2020, “田人馬 TA-ZIN-BA White” has significantly contributed to improving the sustainability of the soil in order to bring value to the “terroir”. It has increased the productivity of Sanbarikisha thanks to its technique of sake-growing with horses.
“田人馬 TAZINBA”ー the sake-growing horses series
This is a truly unique sake that carries Japan’s unspoiled landscape to the world.
Plowing with horses, when people and horses work together in the rice fields “Tazinba” is a Japanese sake created from pesticide-free brewer’s rice grown in fields fertilized with the manure of grass-eating horses who then plow the soil using age-old techniques. Successive plowing with horses brings out the original essence of the soil, and the ensuing “Japanese Terroir” will carry the memory and taste of that soil into the future, ten years from now, a hundred years from now.
【田(TA) is for Rice Field】
“Tazinba” is made in a mountainous rural area of Tsunan, Niigata Prefecture. This is a land of fields, mountains, and nature. The beautifully terraced rice fields are situated at a height of 600 meters and clear mountain water flows from the uppermost streams coming from Mount Naeba.
【人(ZIN) is for People】
Takashi Iwama is one of the few remaining people in Japan to transmit the almost forgotten arts of logging and plowing with horses. He has been working in Tsunan, Niigata Prefecture, with a number of people trained by him, growing rice using horses to plow.
【馬(BA) is for Horse】
The beautiful shiny coat and the sturdy legs that are a testimony to the horses that are raised eating the bounty of the earth. The picture on the bottles of “Tazinba” is a copy of an “Ema” illustration of horseman Takashi Iwama working with his horse in a terraced field.
“田人馬 TAZINBA” series are available in 2 different flavors.
The “Tazinba White” is crafted by the Tsunan Brewery which is local to where the rice is grown, and is a “Junmai Daiginjo” sake that is replete with the strength to live in a snow country that is also magical in its mountain streams and snowy landscapes.
▷ Raw materials
Rice (Japanese), Rice koji (Japanese)
* All rice is from Tsunan, Niigata Prefecture.
▷ Rice polishing ratio
IWCー the world’s most prestigious blind tasting boards in London
The Sake division has grown exponentially, making it the largest and most influential event of the Sake Review Board outside Japan. Gold, silver and bronze medals were awarded, in 52 different wine styles, establishing the best examples of each style in the country.
“We are honored to have won such a prestigious award before release on June 8th, and to help bring attention to the growing Niigata Sake industry with a sake made with all Tsunan rice and water,” said Atsushi Kabasawa, Owner of Tsunan Sake Brewery.
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About Tsunan Sake Brewery
Founded in 1996, Tsunan sake brewery is the maker of sustainable sake.
Our ambition is “Brew for future”, achieving a new lifestyle, living with Sakagura.
For more information, including the products, visit our website.