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Château Mercian Mariko Winery

Nagano, Japan

Worlds Best Vineyards Accolades
  • #38 World's Best Vineyards 2023
  • The World's Best Vineyard in Asia 2023

A bench beneath the giant cherry tree of Ippongi Park provides both a dose of serenity and views of the Mariko Winery, owned by Japan’s first private wine company and named after the son of a sixth century emperor. Vistas from the building itself span 360 degrees with mountains in the distance (including two volcanoes) and 30 hectares of vineyards below, which you’ll get to roam on a ‘Premium Tour.’ While the gravity-flow winery transports the liquid in rails running overhead, a window looks onto the fermentation tanks below, allegorical artwork adorning the walls. The Tasting Counter serves the full range (including native Japanese grape varieties) alongside local food.

Key Information

  • Opening times

    Please see website

  • Signature wine

    Château Mercian Mariko Omnis

  • Wines produced

    Red, Rosé, White

  • Grape varieties

    Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Merlot, Petit Verdot, Pinot Noir, Sauvignon Blanc, Syrah

  • Tasting options
  • Hidden gems

    The Ippongi Park

  • Time from airport

    3 hours 30 mins from Haneda Airport (Tokyo)


146-2 Nagase, Ueda, Nagano Prefecture, 386-0407


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