Grape Republic was founded by restaurateur and sommelier Kazuomi Fujimaki in 2015 who up and moved from Tokyo to the village of Shinden in Yamagata.
With no previous experience in winemaking - he set three simple rules for himself: The cultivation must be organic, the wines must be made without sulfur and other additives, and they should preferably have a touch of amphora storage. The goal was to make live and clear Japanese wines in free style using the grapes grown in Yamagata's orchards throughout the 20th century. Grapes are sourced from Yamagata. A bit on here. Steuben is divided into two parts; one is destemmed and left on skins for 6 days, the other only sees a light maceration. The Niagara and Rosario Bianco are blended and fermented together in amphora. And finally, the Delaware also sees 12 hours skin contact. All is blended and then aged in stainless steel tank. A charming rosé with impressive freshness and balanced acidity.