Located in an inn town on the old Tokaido road, a brewery that is continuing to take up the challenge of making excellent sake.
- 明治よりこの地で酒を造り続ける蔵 A brewery that has been making sake since the Meiji Era
- 巨匠、農口杜氏の心意気を受け継ぐ若手杜氏 A young chief brewer who has taken on the spirit of the legendary maestro chief brewer Takahiko Noguchi
- 月下の狼 Gekka-no-Okami
- 酒造りが根付く石部宿 Ishibe, a historic area of sake production
- 「兵庫県吉川特A地区産山田錦」がつくる酒 Sake made with Hyogo-ken Yoshikawa Special A Class Plot Yamada Nishiki
明治よりこの地で酒を造り続ける蔵 A brewery that has been making sake since the Meiji Era
Founded in the 5th year of the Meiji Era (1872), the brewery is located in Shiga-ken’s Konan-shi. They are best known for their brand Ka-no-Izumi.
巨匠、農口杜氏の心意気を受け継ぐ若手杜氏 A young chief brewer who has taken on the spirit of the legendary maestro chief brewer Takahiko Noguchi
The current chief brewer, Naoto Nakamura, studied under Takahiko Noguchi, famous as a virtuoso chief brewer of the modern age.
After six years of study, Nakamura set out on his own as a chief brewer and has won five straight gold medals at the National Research Institute of Brewing’s All-Japan New Sake Awards.
While taking on his teacher’s skill and passion, Nakamura also speaks of his desire to make sake that brings out the inherent character of the brewery as well as expressing part of himself – the weight of great expectations are heavy on his shoulders.
he bottle label of Gekka-no-Okami, which displays a wolf in front of a moonlit landscape, pays homage to the natural landscape of Ishibe as well as being a reflection of the sake’s flavour. Under the bright, nostalgic moonlight, a wolf waits quietly – this sake promises an equally captivating drinking experience.
酒造りが根付く石部宿 Ishibe, a historic area of sake production
Ishibe is a district of Konan-shi in Shiga-ken. It was here that the first inn town on the old Tokaido road from Kyoto to Tokyo was located.
The sake from this town was beloved by travelers, and the region was blessed by a number of factors that made it suited for sake production: the cold wind known as the Hioi Oroshi and underground water flowing from the Suzuka Mountains. The Takeuchi Brewery is one such long-established producer whose history dates back to that time.
「兵庫県吉川特A地区産山田錦」がつくる酒 Sake made with Hyogo-ken Yoshikawa Special A Class Plot Yamada Nishiki
The most famous sake rice is Yamada Nishiki, also known as “the king of sake rice.”
Sake made from this rice receive consistently high praise at awards ceremonies.
Research into the connection between Yamada Nishiki and the land it is grown on is ongoing, and plots of land designated as producing particularly high quality Yamada Nishiki can now use the categorization “Special A Class Plot”.
Gekka-no-Okami is made exclusively from Yamada Nishiki from that special categorization, from Yoshikawa in Hyogo-ken.