About the Vine
The Vine Ltd is a small specialist wine importer based in Daikanyama, Tokyo, distributing high-quality, hand-crafted wines made by small independent producers from the Rhône Valley, Provence, Languedoc, Roussillon and Catalonia in Japan to wholesalers, retailers, hotels, restaurants, bars and private customers.
Founded in 2003, The Vine Ltd has always been unique in Japan for its focus on the Rhône and for its close and enduring relationships with its winemakers. We spend several months a year in Europe to visit our suppliers, and taste widely and obsessively before buying.
Our young team is passionate and knowledgeable about the wines we distribute and also regularly visits the regions we work with so that we all have an understanding and appreciation of the culture of this beautiful and rich part of the world.
We offer a unique wine vision. We support and promote traditionally made wines from organically farmed vines which express freshness, finesse and fruit purity. We’re aware that fashion has backed powerful, opulent styles from the regions we love but we abhor these styles! We don’t need to be impressed, we want drinkability and nuance from our wines. Our wines are natural in the sense they’re made using minimal intervention and minimal or no added sulfites, but we see this as just the way the best wine is made, rather than a new movement.
Our wines are shipped and stored as carefully as they are made, direct from the producer’s cellar by temperature controlled transport to our temperature controlled warehouse in Yokohama.