28th February 2018

The Event in Social Media


The press and trade tasting took place in a stunning Japanese restaurant, Ginza Onadera in St. James London.  Masterclasses were held by Sarah Abbott MW on the nuances of Japanese wine terroir and the skill of winemakers working within such challenging conditions.

Not only were 37 wines from across Japan showcased on the day to introduce buyers, sommeliers and press to the diverse range of wine styles that Japan is producing, but we held two sold out masterclasses to demonstrate the subtlety, diversity and elegance of these wines.  We also introduced buyers and press to the dynamic work of JFOODO, a new government agency set up in 2017 to assist in the overseas promotion of Japanese food and drink and elegantly highlighted innovative new wine pairings to a variety of premium cuisines.

The event was promoted across multiple online channels including social media, Eventbrite and through press relations, and Swirl Wine Group created a beautiful tasting booklet and materials created specifically for the event.


Registrant attendance profile was comprised of 43% on-trade, 20% importers and 37% press.


  • An interview was secured with Sarah Abbott MW for to promote the event and highlight Japanese wines in general. The Buyer reached the defined target audience of prestige on-trade and buyers
  • Brilliant social media results, with the hastag #Japanesewine used throughout the event
  • Leftover open bottles were sampled at Ginza Onadera and opened for key clientele
  • The tasting was well received with attendees both surprised and delighted by the elegance of the wines
  • The Orange wine particularly stood out for many guests for its quality but also to be considered as a potential root to market and to open the trading doors for Japanese wines in the UK
  • Several producers are now in contact with UK importers
  • Excellent feedback from all attendees


Link to full interview here:


“It was truly fascinating! Brilliant masterclass, thanks for the nibbles too. Really intriguing to get a grip on just how diverse, and indeed exciting the Japanese wine scene is”

Peter Richards MW

Thank you for a fascinating Masterclass and really interesting range of wines to try today. My preference was for whites and particularly the orange wine. There were some really good reds too. I liked the Merlots and Cabernet Franc”

Vivienne Franks MA

Just a few words to say thank you for the magnificent Japanese`s wine tasting.  I learned so much about these wines and their regions

Walter G. Bressia - Mg. Ing. Agrónomo - BRESSIA BODEGA

Thank you so much for the wonderful experience at Ginza Onodera at the Japanese wine tasting on the 28th Feb. Most of all thank you for sharing your knowledge with so much passion that kept me motivated and interested in this fantastic reality that is the wine world here in London.

Giovanni Giannini – Head Sommelier @ Theo Randall