Q1Who is the organizer?

The organizer is Wine and Spirits Culture Association. Yumi Tanabe is the president of the awards.


Q2What percentage of the total entry wins the awards?

The percentage of award-winning wines is about 45% to 50% of the total entries. In 2021 (the 8th edition), the winning wines is 49% of the total number of entries.

Q3What is the Entry Fee?

It is Y20,000 per wine entry (additional 10% consumption tax applies). There are early bird and volume discounts.


Q4What are the benefits of winning “SAKURA” Japan Women's Wine Awards?

We work with our media partners and through SNS, distribute the results to the trade and consumers.
The winners are showcased at our booth at various trade shows. We work with various retail outlets to promote sale of the award winning wines by creating the [“SAKURA” Japan Women's Wine Awards Wine Sales Fairs] throughout Japan.

Q5What is presented to the award winners?

We issue an award certificate and use of our medals at no cost in their marketing materials. The Diamond Trophy and the Grand Prix winners receive a plaque made of Kiso lacquerware, Japan's traditional craft.


Q6Where are the award winning wines sold?

We promote the award-winning wines to major supermarkets, department stores, wine shops, online and mail-order companies. We help to create wine events at these sales outlets to feature the award-winning wines. We also seek restaurants to purchase the award- winning wines and include them in their wine menus.

Q7What benefit will the award-winning wines, which are not imported, receive?

All winning wines will be posted on the “SAKURA” Japan Women's Wine Awards official website. We give wineries who are not currently imported in Japan the opportunity to be discovered by top wine buyers.
We have tasting events inviting importers to sample them.


Q8What is “SAKURA” Sales Support Shops and Restaurants?

On our website, there is a list of shops and restaurants throughout Japan, who actively sell and promote “SAKURA” award-winning wines.
It is beneficial to be on the “SAKURA” Sales Support Shops and Restaurants list.
The registration can be done on our Website and it is free of charge.



Q1When will the results of the award be announced?

Please see the official announcement schedule. The results will be made available in advance to the companies entered and their importer/distributors.


Q2After receiving the award, I find a mistake of vintage or others. Is it possible to correct the information in the award-winning wine search?

Yes, we will correct the information only for this year's award-winning items. Please download the request form from the URL below, correct them and send it back to the Sakura Award office by e-mail.


Q3How and when award recipients are informed for entry companies?

The expected date of announcement for the Double Gold, Gold and Silver Awards is February 26, 2021, and for the Diamond Trophy and Special Awards is anounced on February 20, 2021.
For award recipients - Prior to the official announcements, we will send the notice to the email address listed in the registration form (companies entered and their importer/distributors).


Q4If I receive award/s when can I make it public?

To consumers we ask you to wait until the official announcement is made, but for business-to-business situation you are free to inform them prior to the announcement.


Q5For those who did not get the award, how are they informed?

We ask to wait for the official announcement.
We only notify award recipients and not all the participants.


Q6Is it possible to get the score/s (number of points)?

We do not provide score/s.


Q1When will we receive my printed diploma?

You can download the diploma from MyPage of 2021.

Q2Is it possible to get past award certificate?

Yes. It is possible to reissue the award diploma on 2020. We cannnot reissue before 2019.
Please contact the “SAKURA” Japan Women's Wine Awards office by email.

The reissuance fees are:
PDF : One data will be 3,300JPY/each(incl consumption tax)


Q1How do I get award medal logo?

The awarded company can download the medal logo data from MyPage at free of charge. For others, a pledge agreement must be signed before it can be downloaded.


Q2Is it possible to print the medal logo on the label or packages?

Yes, you can download the medal logo through MyPage and use it for printing. We don't charge for this service.

Q3Is there a specific size for the medal logo?

No, it's not fixed. You can change the size as you want.

Q4How do I get the printed medal logo sheet?

Q5Can I use the award medal logo on new lots of wines with non-vintage wine?

No, the award-winning medal logo cannot be used if the lot has been changed.

Q6I would like to know if I can use other logo marks and photographs of judging?  If possible, how can I get the data, and what are the conditions of usage?

Please go to our HP and proceed to the download page for various data. It can be downloaded free of charge. If you have any questions, please contact the “SAKURA” Japan Women's Wine Awards Office by email.


Q7Can we use the award-winning medal logo on different labels or containers with the same wine?

Yes, you can use it. We will ask you to submit a quality assurance certificate proving that the new label or different packaging is the same wine as the winning wine. Please download the documents from the following URL, submit them and reply to the Sakura Award office.

*Quality certificates for award-winning wines


Q1How is judging conducted?

Judging is conducted by panels of five judges. Each panel includes a trained Panel Captain to facilitate the judging process and record keeping integrity. The wines will be tasted blind by the category and grape variety. The judges will know (1) varietals, (2)vintage, (3)residual sugar (4) barrel aging if applicable. The judges will give each wine an individual score using the 100 point scale.


Q2How is Best Pairing Wine for Cuisine conducted? Do they actually taste with food?

No. The judges select the dish, written on the score sheet, which she feels most suitable for the wine. (Target: Diamond Trophy, Double Gold, Gold Award)


Q3How will Bio and Sustainable category be judged and evaluated?

we will focus on Bio Wine (organic farming, biodynamic, sustainable, etc.). However, at the judging session, we will not judge bio wine separately.
The wine category
After the award is decided, we will announce Awarded Bio Wine on our Home Page. We will reconfirm the information submitted at the entry and publish them. The procedure is as follows;
*If the wine has been already in Japanese market, we will confirm to the importers.
*If the wine is not in Japanese market yet, or the open market wines, they will be listed based on the entry information.

Q4What are the criteria to be selected as a judge?

The judges must be women in the wine industry, such as sommeliers, retailers, importers, journalists, wine educators, and opinion leaders.


Q5Is it possible to visit the judging site?

We welcome members of the wine industry and media to watch the judging in action.Please register on our HP.



Q1Is user ID necessary?

Yes, it is necessary to make your entry online. You will need the ID to register on MyPage.

Q2What is MyPage?

In MyPage, you can register, make corrections on wine information and pay the entry fees, and download shipping labels, medal logo, and award-winning certificates. Be sure to save the user ID and password for logging in to MyPage.


Q3What information is required to register on MyPage?

Information on the company making the entry is required. (Company name, contact name, phone number, email address, address, etc.) All the information sent will be used only for communication purposes pertaining to this competition (examination committee). For more information, please check our privacy policy.


Q4Can I use my user ID for the year 2021?

Yes, you can. Please login from MyPage and use ID and password of 2020, and your company information is only reflected.


Q5I don’t remember User ID of 2020.

Please register from here again.
*Entry:October 1st– November 30th


Q6What if I forgot my password?

Please click on “If you don't remeber your Password” link and follow the steps. You will receive email with instructions and be able to create a new password.
For setting ID and password, use letter (Capital and small) and number (0-9).
We ask you more than 4 letters and numbers.

Q7What do I need to do to reissue my password?

Please enter your "Registration ID" and "Registration Email Address".
Other ID or Email Address will not be used to reissue the password.

Q8Can I change my password?

Yes, please login to MyPage and click on the Company Information tab.
For setting ID and password, use letter (Capital and small) and number (0-9).
We ask you more than 4 letters and numbers.

Q9By mistake, I made several user IDs. What should I do?

Please send email to “SAKURA” Japan Women’s Wine Awards Office.

Q10Is it possible to change the registered company information?

From October 1st to November 30th, you can make changes on MyPage.
After December 1, please send email to “SAKURA” Japan Women’s Wine Awards Office.

Q11I’m trying to enter the company information, but I keep getting the error message and can’t get to the next page. What am I doing wrong?

Use capital letters only (A to Z), numbers (0 to 9), hyphens (-), underscores (_), commas (,), and periods (.).
* Lowercase letters and special characters cannot be used.

Q12Why is MyPage locked?

MyPage will be locked if the payment is not made by due date.
The due date is two weeks after your registration.
Please send email to “SAKURA” Japan Women’s Wine Awards Office.