Hokkaido Wine Center

Hokkaido Wine Center

Learn the history and legends of the canal town of Otaru while participating in a Hokkaido wine tasting

Based in the wine grape growing region of Otaru, the Hokkaido Wine Center is managed by the nonprofit organization Wine Cluster Hokkaido, which disseminates information about Hokkaido-produced wine. Serving as its representative is the senior sommelier Masahisa Abe, a through-and-through expert on Hokkaido’s wines, who has been using the power of wine to bring tourism and vitality to the region. The center not only distributes reference materials about Hokkaido’s wine and tourist sites, but also holds a “Wine Tasting Adventure” where visitors can participate in a tasting of Hokkaido wines. The experts will teach you about the characteristics of each wine and the art of pairing them with local dishes. Wine lovers may feel free to drop by—no reservation is necessary to participate in the program.

Try the local wines of Hokkaido, a region with many wineries | Feature
I want to connect Hokkaido’s food and tourism by establishing wine tourism with Otaru as its port. Hokkaido Wine Center’s senior sommelier, Masahisa Abe | Interview

Hokkaido Wine Center

Address
Otaru Canal Terminal 1F, Ironai 1-1-12, Otaru-shi
Open
10:00–18:00 (May vary by season)
Closed
Tuesday,Year-end through New Year’s holidays
Parking
Not available
Telephone
0134-64-5581
Website
http://winecluster.org/
Additional details
Wine Tasting (3 types of wine)
- Standard Course: ¥1,080
- Premium Course: ¥2,160
Access
Approx. 11-minute walk from JR Otaru Station
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