Japan is the seventh largest wine importer in the world, a mature and sophisticated market with over 30 million consumers. Close to 250 wine importers and distributors operate in the country and although Old World wines are the standard, New World wines are gaining traction thanks to newly emerging importers. Below you can find a top with some of the most relevant wine importers from Japan:
1. Hotei Wines
With a portfolio of more than 50 brands, Bill Campbell’s company is now entering its 18th year in Japan. Hotei focuses on selling US wines to restaurants, especially wines from California.
Address: Manaka Bldg., 5/F 3-17-5 Shirokanedai Minato-ku, Tokyo 108-0071
Top suppliers: Chateau Montelena, Shafer, Cline Cellars, Joel Gott
2. Orca International
Orca is one of the leading Japanese importers of wines from the USA, mainly from Washington, California and Oregon. French wines are also well represented in the company’s portfolio, with premium wines from Bordeaux and Rhone. Orca works mainly with restaurants, wine shops and hotels – Park Hyatt, Mandarin Oriental, Ritz Carlton, etc.
Address: 5-2-19 Nishi-Nippori, Arakawa-ku, Tokyo, Japan 116-0013
Top suppliers: Woodward Canyon, Domaine Serene, Sokol Blosser Winery, Chalk Hill Estate, Bogle Vineyards, Freemark Abbey.
Farmstone is one of the main names when in comes to Australian wine in Japan. Managed by Hiromi Ishida, the long-standing importer has a large portfolio with a variety of wineries from the New World.
Address: 5-27-4. Omori Nishi Ota ku, T143, Tokyo
Top suppliers: Cullen, McHenry, Hohnen, Shaw & Smith, Wulura
4. Monte Bussan
The most important importer of Italian wine and food products on the Japanese market, Monte Bussan has been operating since the 80’s and features an impressive variety of brands from all over Italy. The company works closely with the close to 10.000 Italian restaurants in the country of the Rising Sun.
Address: Aoyama Oval building 5-52-2 Jingumae- Shibuya-ku 150-0001, Tokyo
Phone: +81 3 5466 4510
Top suppliers: Fontana Fredda, La Spinetta, Umani Ronchi, Mellini, Nino Negri, Monte Rossa
Mottox is one of Japan’s top 5 wine importers and its main strength is the company’s focus on a wide range of wine regions. Mottox offers both New World and Old World wines, both high profile brands and more value-oriented products.
Address: 1-6-20 Kosaka-Hommachi, Higashiosaka, Osaka 577-0802
Phone: 06 – 6723 – 3131
Top suppliers: Mastroberardino, Bruno Giacosa, Valdivieso
For a detailed database which features more than 1.100 wine importers and distributors from Asia, including importers from Japan, you can check out this package.