Mercian to Open New Japanese Winery

Economy

Tokyo, May 23 (Jiji Press)--Japanese winemaker Mercian Corp. said Thursday that it will open its third winery in Ueda, Nagano Prefecture, on Sept. 21 to boost production of domestic wine.

The Kirin Holdings Co. <2503> subsidiary will produce 10 types of wine under its Chateau Mercian domestic wine brand at the winery in the central Japan city.

Japanese wine, made with domestically grown grapes in domestic wineries, has become popular in recent years.

Output for the first business year is expected to reach about 5,000 cases. A case contains the equivalent of 12 720-mililiter bottles.

Visitors will be offered a tour to inspect the winemaking process that takes them from the vineyard surrounding the winery to the fermentation area.

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