Yoichi Wine Campbell Early

Yoichi Wine Campbell Early

Yoichi is a Hokkaido-based winery, an island to watch with respect to wine production. It may turn out to be the Japanese equivalent of Kent, U.K.

For those of you who may be unfamiliar with Campbell Early, the grape is a hybrid—Vitis labrusca + Vitis vinifera—from North America that is now a popular table grape in Asia. The creation dates back to the 1890s and was the work of a Mr. G. W. Campbell. Wine Grapes: A Complete Guide to 1,368 Vine Varieties, Including Their Origins and Flavours, Robinson et al.’s highly informative tome, has this to say about Early and Japan: “Japan had around 60 ha [planted]…for wine in 2009, mainly in Hokkaido, but the variety is also planted more extensively for the table than for winemaking.”

We found the nose to be unequivocally fruity, with pronounced raspberry and strawberry notes. Abv was 12%, sweetness high, and acidity present but not immediately apparent because of the sweetness level. Tannins were also discernable but subdued. One of us noticed that it was not dissimilar to Catawba. The finish was medium (+), and if you like sweetness, that should be a good thing. Our overall assessment was as follows: A simple wine, perhaps an adequate choice for casual drinking on a summer afternoon, but not a beverage to accompany a meal. However, we did find that this wine paired well with sharp cheese.

Recommendation level (out of five stars):


We have written a book. For more information on Japanese beverages, please check it out. You can get it at fine offline and online booksellers in Japan, including Amazon.


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