Now in its 25th year, Japan Wine Challenge's key focus continues to be the development of consumer/wine lover awareness and understanding of wines, resulting in on-going increase in sales of quality wines in this very demanding market.
Once the competition is finished each year, we focus all our attention on getting the results out in timely manner, both on the website and through our E-magazine, and to working with entrants worldwide through our medal seals and related promotions to develop demand for their wines in Japan and around the world.
We are indisputedly the most professional wine competition in Japan. Our judging panels over the last 20 years are a veritable Who's Who of the top figures in the wine world, in Japan and internationally. Our Co-Chairs are JohnSalvi MW (the longest serving Master of Wine who needs no introduction) and Katsuyuki Tanaka (Japan's No.1 wine writer). The latter throughout each year works tirelessly to identify, encourage, and train as world-class judges the very top Japanese wine professionals.
These comprise the best of Japan's 20,000 sommeliers, the winemakers from Japan's top wine producers, and the buyers of Japan's leading department stores and wine retailers. Our international judges are household names around the world.