The SAKURA Japan Women's wine Awards 2017

Message from Yumi Tanabe, Chairperson “SAKURA” Japan Women’s Wine Awards

Yumi TanabeI am delighted to announce that the 4th Sakura Japan
Women’s Wine Awards 2017 was successfully completed
and the judges made a selection of fine wines which paired best with Japanese cuisine. The total number of entries has increased by 20% from the previous year to 4,212 entries. It has doubled since the first year, which is an indication that the Sakura Japan Women’s Wine Awards is gaining recognition in the international competitions.

The award selections were made solely by professional female judges in the industry and this year’s slogan for the Sakura Japan Women’s Wine Awards was “Discover perfect wines for radiant women”. This competition has three goals: first, “to contribute in stimulating the wine market in Japan”; second, “to help make selections on
pairing wine with Japanese cuisine”, and the third, “to expand and support the presence of women working in the wine industry”.

I would like to thank and ask for continued support from the wine industry, as well as the numerous contributors and supporters.

Why are we proposing all women juries?

Women in Japan are increasingly taking the initiative in selecting and buying a wine by the following reasons;

  • The number of working women has increased and they are having more opportunity to dine out with wines.
  • The number of women travelling abroad has increased and they are having more experiences to drink wines in foreign countries.
  • Due to the health-conscious trend, women are interested in organic wines and food.
  • Women cook and enjoy western dishes with wines at home more often as the way of living has been changed.
  • Many women are attending wine schools to deepen the knowledge of wines.



Diamond TrophyDiamond Trophy
Diamond Trophy was given to the exceptional wines selected from the Double Gold Awards. In 2017, 44 items were selected for the Diamond Trophy, which were 1% of the total entry.


Double GoldDouble Gold
Each wine was judged and given points in the scare of 1-100 points. Double Gold -For those wines that scored between 93-100 points. In 2017 there were 237 Double Gold Awards, which were 6% of the total entry.

Gold Awards -For those wines that scored between 88 – 92 points.


Silver Awards -For those wines that scored between 83 - 87 points.


Special Awards

The Best Pairing Wine for Asian FoodsThe Best Pairing Wine for Asian Foods
The Best Pairing Wine for Asian Foods namely Sushi, Tempura, Yakitori, Sukiyaki, Teppanyaki,Japanese Pot-au-feu,Korean, Chinese, Thai

The Best Women Winemaker

The best wine is chosen from wines produced by women winemaker.

The Best Japanese Wines

Best wines bottled in Japan (one each category, Sparkling, White or Rose and Red)

The Best Cost Performance

The wines with best value for the price in three suggested retail price categories; under JPY1,000, JPY1,001-1,500, JPY 1,501-2,500

Best Label Design

Best label designs that have irresistible appeal. Ten designs are selected.

Privileges for the award winning wines

Medal logo

The visual data of the medal logo is provided free of charge for one year.
Also the purchase of the printed medal sticker is available.medal

Award-winning wines are showcased at FOODEX Japan 2018

imageAll award winning wines are showcased at the main gate of FOODEX Japan 2018 over the 4-day event,

where 76,000 visitors are expected.

Official Book

imageThe award-winning wines are listed 2017 in the of ficial Book, which is distributed at FOODEX JAPAN 2018 and various retail stores.

It makes an opportunity for unreleased wines in Japanese market to be found by future business partners.

Online information of the award-winning wines

imageThe details of all the award-winning wines are placed in the website.

Anyone all over the world can find the information.

The Best Women Winemaker

The Best Women Winemaker

The Result of “SAKURA” Japan Women’s Wine Awards


Entry Information


image1. Over 1,000 (750ml) bottles yearly production
2. Volume per bottle to be less than 2,000ml

Entry Fee

1. up to 10 items: JPY20,000 per item
2. 11 items and over JPY18,000 per item

*8% consumption tax is added.
*Entry fee is non-refundable
*No upper limit for the number of entry.

Early Bird Discount (Before Oct.31st,2017) 5% of the total amount


imageNecessary number of the sample per item
3 bottles of 750ml or 6 bottles of 375ml

Categories for entry

Any quality category, any grape varieties or the blend.

1. bottle Still Red Wine
2. bottle Still White Wine
3. bottle Still Rose Wine
4. bottle Sparkling Wine and Semi Sparkling Wine
5. bottle Sweet Wine
6. bottle Fortified Wine


Important Dates to remember

Oct.1, 2018(Mon) - Nov. 30 , 2018(Fri)
Sample Delivery
Arrival at Tokyo by Jan. 11 , 2019(Fri)
Tasting Judgement
Jan. 29, 2019(Tue) - Jan. 30, 2019(Wed)
Award Announcement
on line
Feb. 14 , 2019 (Tue) St. Valentine's day

Ceremony announcing
Diamond Trophy and
Special Awards
March. 5 , 2019(Tue) at