Ja­pan eyes off our wines

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THE Gran­ite Belt’s grow­ing in­ter­na­tional rep­u­ta­tion as one of Aus­tralia’s elite wine des­ti­na­tions has been fur­ther en­hanced af­ter a visit by a Ja­panese del­e­ga­tion com­prised of lead­ing wine som­me­liers and me­dia rep­re­sen­ta­tives.

Or­gan­ised by five-star win­ery, Sir­romet Wines in col­lab­o­ra­tion with Wine­tree, a mem­ber of the Tokyo-based Global Sky Group, the nearly week-long tour en­com­passed vis­its to Sir­romet’s Seven Scenes, St Judes and Night Sky Vine­yards, along with its state-of-the-art flag­ship win­ery at Mount Cot­ton.

The tour also in­cluded vis­its to lo­cal wine­mak­ers, high­light­ing the range of qual­ity wines cur­rently be­ing pro­duced in the pre­mier wine re­gion.

Global Sky Man­ag­ing Di­rec­tor, Ko Na­gata said the visit was an im­por­tant step in boost­ing Ja­panese in­ter­est in Queens­land wine, cap­i­tal­is­ing on the re­cent low­er­ing of trade bar­ri­ers un­der the Ja­pan-Aus­tralia Eco­nomic Part­ner­ship Agree­ment.

Aus­tralia’s wine ex­ports to Ja­pan have shown sig­nif­i­cant growth since the in­tro­duc­tion of JAEPA last year.

PHOTO: GLEN EA­TON

STRONG PART­NER­SHIP: Dis­cussing the fu­ture of Gran­ite Belt wines are (from left) Ja­pan Som­me­lier As­so­ci­a­tion Hokuriku divi­sion chair­man Kenichi Tsuji, Sir­romet Wines chief wine­maker Adam Chap­man and Ka­gaya chief som­me­lier Tsuyoshi Hanashima.

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