How many sake regions do you know? Hyogo Prefecture and Niigata Prefecture are surely one of the hugest regions of sake production, but when it comes to both quality and quantity, Yamagata Prefecture must not be missed. Many big names such as Jyuyondai and Dewazakura are all from here. However, other than these brands, a lot of excellent breweries can also be found. This month, Saketora will bring you some high-quality Yamagata sake with a special free-shipping set that includes a 16% discount! Enjoy these brilliant sakes and read our summary about Yamagata Prefecture!

Saketora - Yamagata Prefecture, the Ginjo Kingdom
Saketora - Yamagata Prefecture, the Ginjo Kingdom

Yamagata Prefecture,
the Ginjo Kingdom

Known as “Ginjo Kingdom”, Yamagata Prefecture produces a lot of high-rated ginjo sake. In fact, 40% of ginjo sake in Tohoku area comes from Yamagata. Although all breweries have their own style, overall, Yamagata sake is famous for its soft, crisp and clean mouthfeel. With a higher ratio of ginjo sake, the flavors are often fruity as well. And all these characters are greatly related to the terroir.
Saketora - Terroir of Yamagata
Saketora - Terroir of Yamagata

Terroir of Yamagata

With a history of over 400 years of sake brewing, Yamagata Prefecture is benefited by the nature. The winter is extremely cold with the average temperature reaching 0 in January and February, so the environment is optimal for slow fermentation and can prevent bacteria growing during the production. The underground water from the mountains also contains less iron, which leads to a soft and crisp texture in sake. Local rice with big shimpaku such as Dewasansan and Yukimegame is grown here as well, so high polishing ratio can be achieved, resulting in more ginjo sake.
Saketora - GI Yamagata
Saketora - GI Yamagata

GI Yamagata

Geographical identification (GI) is common for wine. For example, wine cannot be labelled as Bordeaux AOC and Bourgogone AOC unless it fulfills strict criteria like using certain kinds of grapes and producing within designated area. To protect the local industry and enable customers to distinguish the quality of sake, the sake industry has started to introduce the system of GI. In 2016, the GI system also began in Yamagata Prefecture. To be certified with “GI Yamagata”, sake must be fermented and aged in Yamagata and pass a strict screening. For those who want to try Yamagata sake, you may remember the logo of the GI!

Juyondai Ginjo Ginsen 720ml
Dewazakura Daiginjo 720ml
Dewazakura Junmai Daiginjo Yukimegami 35 720ml
Rokkasen Junmai Daiginjo Kiwamono 720ml
Azumano Fumoto, Junmai Daiginjo Bunny Bunny Bunny 500ml
Azumano Fumoto, Drip-Pressed Junmai Daiginjo (Aiyama) 720ml
Toko, Left-Handed Junmai Daiginjo (Dewasansan) 720ml
Toko, Drip-Pressed Junmai Daiginjo (Yukimegami) 720ml
Daiginjo Dewa-no-yuki 720ml
Dewazakura Ouka Ginjo 720ml
Toko Junmai-Daiginjo Fukuroduri 720ml