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May 30, 2022 View:

Japan's Shiojiri City Railway Station plans first wine launch

A train station in Shiojiri, Japan, will launch the first wine made from grapes grown on the station in 1988.

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Shiojiri City is located in Nagano Prefecture in central Japan and has a long history of association with viticulture. The prefecture is home to the Chiku River, Kikyogahara, the Japanese Alps and the Tenryu River system of wine regions, and is probably best known for its Merlot.

Back in the late 1980s, this train station planted a vineyard on platforms 3 and 4 to promote local wines to visitors to the area.

According to Japan Today, the station"s Merlot and Niagara vines are specially cultivated vine stands that are maintained by Japanese railroad staff and locals who can volunteer to help prune and harvest the grapes under the guidance of local experts.

According to the Wine Spectator, the grapes were not previously made into wine, but were given to tourists or used by oenology students for research.

However, last year for the first time, the Japanese government decided to use the grapes for wine production to celebrate the 60th anniversary of Shiojiri's upgrade to city status. The resulting 100 bottles of wine were made by a local winery and will be released for sale this month.