Grace Winery was established in 1923, in the Katsunuma province, the birthplace of the Japanese wine industry. Committed to the belief that great wine is made in the vineyard, they were the ﬁrst to research and introduce European training and pruning methods introducing such as using long cordon training and Vertical Shoot Positioning in 1990. The wines are made in a modern way to retain the delicate characteristics of this individual and exciting grape variety.
This family-owned winery established by Chotaro Misawa is now run by his fourth-generation successor Shigekazu Misawa, whose daughter Ayana is in charge of winemaking. Ayana has studied winemaking on at least three continents—first at the Institute of Enology and Viticulture in Yamanishi, next at the Faculty of Enology of the University of Bordeaux, and finally doing post-graduate work in vine physiology at South Africa’s Stellenbosch University. Following her training, she has spent time making wine at some of the world’s best-known wineries in South Africa, Mendoza, Chile, and New Zealand, in addition to spending time in Margaret River in Australia and Burgundy in France.
The main-winery is still in Katsunuma and produces primarily Koshu. Since 1990 the family has been concentrating its efforts on improvements in grape production.
Traditional trellis pruning has been cast aside in favour of a modern long cordon training system which helps to control yields, concentrating ﬂavours and sugars to balance the high acidity that occurs naturally in this variety.