Fattoria Al Fiore (Japan)
Al Fiore (meaning ‘single flower’ in Japanese) is named after Hirotaka’s former restaurant. The winery is operated by husband and wife team Hirotaka and Reina, supported by a small team who produce around 15,000 bottles per year.
Up until recently Reina and Hirotaka predominantly sourced their grapes from neighbouring regions like Yamagata and Yamanashi, home of the indigenous Koshu grape. In 2014 they began planting their own vines with the dream to harvest and produce wines purely from their own crop. We’ll see all this come to fruition with their 2021 wines.
Their wines are made up of both vinifera, hybrid, and labrusca grapes, commonly known as table grapes. Varieties include Delaware, Steuben, and Niagara. All which bring an alluring perfume of ripe fruits and flowers unlike no other. They are extremely delicate wines, matching perfectly with the subtle flavours of Japanese cuisine.
Reina & Hirotaka make their wines as naturally as possible. There are no additives used, no sulphur, no fining or filtration either. Production is extremely small and so allocations are very limited.