About Yukikawa Brewery The Story of Snow River Wines

Yukikawa Winery is a small winery located in Higashikawa Town, Kamikawa District, Hokkaido, at the foot of the naturally rich Daisetsu Mountains.
Higashikawa, Hokkaido, where Yukikawa Brewery is located, is located at the foot of the Daisetsu Mountains, an area rich in nature. Because of the abundant groundwater that springs out from the melting snow of these mountains, the town does not have a running water system and relies on groundwater for all its domestic and agricultural needs.

The abundant water sources are not only beneficial for agriculture, including grapes, but the beautiful natural scenery has attracted many people, making the city famous as a "city of photography."
Although surrounded by mountains, Higashikawa is located in the Kamikawa Basin, the largest basin in Hokkaido, and as far as the eye can see, the land is gently rolling. This scenery is reminiscent of New Zealand and California in the United States, where winemaking has only recently become popular, rather than France or Italy, which have long been involved in winemaking.

When we first began planning the establishment of our winery and were considering a location, Higashikawa was the perfect fit for the beautiful wineries we had seen in the past.

Wine making starts with growing grapes . The quality of the wine is greatly influenced by the quality of the grapes used. The type of wine is also determined by the type of grapes used.

Before grapes can be harvested from the vines, it is necessary to cultivate them for several years after clearing the fields and planting the saplings. Therefore, it takes much longer than you might imagine for the vision of "the kind of wine I want to make" to come to fruition as an actual wine.

Even if the wine is made in this way, you can't know how it turned out until you actually taste it, and it doesn't necessarily turn out as you expected. The quality of grapes, which are agricultural crops, is greatly affected by the weather. Small, inconspicuous factors can sometimes lead to unexpected, big results.
It is through these daily efforts that we are able to harvest grapes of high quality and produce the wine we aim for.
Despite having no experience in winemaking, he founded a winery because he had one passion for wine.

In Japan, wine is imported from all over the world and a lot of wine is produced domestically, making it much easier to enjoy wine than in the past. However, at the same time, the amount of information about wine has increased, and wine is increasingly seen as something difficult to understand or bound by rules.

When I visit wine-producing regions in Europe and America, I see people casually enjoying wine as a part of their daily lives. I want people in Japan to drink wine casually in their daily lives like that. I want people to enjoy wine at the dinner table every day . I want this kind of scene to become more commonplace, and I want to contribute to fostering a wine culture unique to Japan. Before I knew it, I began to have these thoughts.

That idea gradually turned into the will to establish a winery, and after various preparations, Yukikawa Brewery started in Higashikawa, Hokkaido in the fall of 2020.
Surrounded by the rich nature of Mount Daisetsu,
Along with wine brewed in the water-rich Higashikawa River,

We deliver moisture and connection to you
In Higashikawa, we are constantly in contact with the moisture of abundant water in our daily lives. Even while working in the vineyards, we look around and see the beautiful mountains, and naturally become aware of the blessings that come from it.

And when we started the winery, we received more support than we could have ever imagined from many people. Without the connections with these people, Yukikawa Brewery's winemaking would not have been possible. That's why Yukikawa Brewery's winemaking is strongly linked to moisture and connections.

We hope that by brewing and delivering wine from grapes grown in this area, it will provide an opportunity for you to feel moisture and connection in your own lives.
Company name

Yukikawa Brewery LLC
English name: Snow River Wines GK

Representative's name
Representative Director Tetsuya Yamahira
2-1-6 Higashimachi, Higashikawa-cho, Kamikawa-gun, Hokkaido
November 6, 2020
Capital 5 million yen
Business Contents
・Production, processing, storage, sales, and related work of agricultural products ・Production, storage, sales, and related work of fruit wine
Registration number T6450003002001

The winery is housed in a renovated red brick warehouse built in September 1952 (Showa 27), which has been used as a brewery.
-Before it was used as a grape farm, the vineyard was used as a buckwheat field for many years.

・About visiting our winery:
As we are starting up the vineyard and winery with a small number of people, we are only accepting tours for people in the liquor industry, such as liquor stores, restaurants, and sake breweries, as well as those who have supported us through crowdfunding. We are unable to accept requests from the general public. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.
We hope to expand our response once vineyard and winery operations have stabilized. Thank you for your understanding in this situation.