The SAKURA Japan Women's wine Awards 2017

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

Yumi TanabeI am truly delighted to announce the result of the 3rd “SAKURA” Japan Women’s Wine Awards. There were 3,543 items entered and compared to 2,904 items in the second year (2015) as well as 1,922 items in the first year (2014), it has shown considerable growth.

As a result of judging made by a total of 380 female wine professionals over the 5-day period, 1,498 wines were awarded.

It is my wish to relay the type of wine best suited to certain cuisine and the preferences in Japan to people involved in winemaking and distribution both domestically and internationally through this competition judged by women. And I strongly believe that this will become a new triggering force to activate the wine industry and market in Japan.

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 is given to the excep-tional wines selected from the Double Gold Awards. In 2016, 36 items were selected for the Diamond Trophy, which were 1% of the total entry.


Double GoldDouble Gold
Each wine is judged and given points in the score of 1-100 points. Double Gold -For those wines that scored between 95-100 points. In 2016 there were 181 Double Gold Awards, which were 5% of the total entry.

Gold Awards -For those wines that scored between 88 − 94 points.


Silver Awards -For those wines that scored between 80-87 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, Korean, Chinese, Yakitori, Sukiyaki, Thai

The Best Women Winemaker

Best wine was chosen from wines produced by women winemakers.

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; lower than JPY1,000, JPY1,001-1,500, JPY1,501-2,500

Best Label Design

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

The Best Women Winemaker

The Best Women Winemaker

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


Privileges for the award winning wines

Medal logoThe 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 2017

Official BookAward winning wines are exhibited at FOODEX Japan 2017All award winning wines are exhibited at the main gate of FOODEX Japan 2017 over the 4-day event, where 76,000 visitors are expected.

OnlineOfficial BookThe award winning wines are listed in the official Book, which is distributed at FOODEX JAPAN 2017 and various retail stores.
It makes an opportunity for unreleased wines in Japanese market to be found by future business partners.

OnlineOnline information of the award winning winesThe details of all the award winning wines are placed in the website.
Anyone all over the world can find the information.

Entry Information

Qualification1. Over 1,000 (750mℓ) bottles yearly production
2. Volume per bottle to be less than 2,000ml

Entry Fee1. 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

NEW!  Early Bird Discount (Before Oct.31st,2016) 5% of the total amount

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

Categories for entryAny quality category, any grape varieties or the blend.
1. bottleStill Red Wine
2. bottleStill White Wine
3. bottleStill Rose Wine
4. bottleSparkling Wine and Semi Sparkling Wine
5. bottleSweet Wine
6. bottleFortified Wine


Important Dates to remember

Oct.1, 2016(Sat) - Nov.30,2016(Wed)
Jan.28, 2017(Sat) - Feb.1, 2017(Wed) 5 days
Sample Delivery
Arrival at Tokyo by Jan.13,2017(Fri)
Announcement of the awards
on the website
Feb.14,2017 (Tue) on Valentine's day

Ceremony and Announcement of
Diamond Trophy and
Special Awards
March.7, 2017(Tue)
FOODEX JAPAN 2017 at Makuhari Messe
・The ceremony and the announcement of Diamond Trophy and Special Awards Grand Prix (Mar.7, 15:00) at the stage in Hall 7.
・All awarded wines are showcased in Hall 1 & Gateway 3. (Mar.7-10)
・The exhibitors’ awarded wines are placed at the tasting space for wine professionals in Hall 1. (Mar.7-10)
・Please drop in the booth of “SAKURA” Japan Women’s Wine Awards in Hall 1.
May, 2017