Hokkaido’s Harvest Scenery: Autumn Edition
Hokkaido is known as Japan's food base, and is a treasure trove of a wide variety of foods, such as agricultural and livestock products, seafood, wine, sake and beer.
Autumn – from September to November – is the harvest season for fruits, potatoes and other root vegetables, rice, buckwheat and the like. It is also when marine products such as salmon and Pacific saury are landed.
We have gathered together some ‘taste of autumn’ harvest scenery, much anticipated by the people of Hokkaido.
First production of orange wine begins at Kitami winery
The first attempt at producing orange wine has begun at the Infeeld Winery in the Tanno-cho district of the city of Kitami in the Okhotsk region of eastern Hokkaido.
Orange wine is made by utilizing white-wine grapes, complete with their skins, to create an orange hue. It has the aroma of white wine and the astringency of red wine, and has gained popularity in recent years.
Preparation began on September 7, when employees put approximately one ton of Delaware grapes that arrived from the Yoichi Agricultural Cooperative into a machine that separates the grapes from the stems, and the fruit juice flowed through a hose into two tanks. After fermenting in the tank for about a week, the skins are removed and the remaining juice is matured in another tank for approximately half a year. The wine is scheduled to be bottled around February next year before being released for sale next summer.
Ms. Mori, who is in charge of brewing, said, “I am looking forward to delivering a new type of wine that can also be enjoyed visually.”