NISEKO WINE CELLARS

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Niseko Wine
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NISEKO WINE CELLARS

In our quest to find the best wine store Niseko we travelled through the 5 villages of Niseko and even went as far as Kutchan.  We were not expecting to find a wine store comparable to the high standards we are used to in a city like Tokyo but we did find a good one though.  Its name is Niseko Wine Cellars and it’s owners are the ever affable Mick and Miki Nippard.  After having spent four seasons running and operating a Restaurant called Sekka in the same space the wine store currently occupies they returned to Sapporo for a rethink.  Believing there was a geniune need for a specialized wine store in Hirafu to satisfy the growing number of international visitors coming to Niseko both in winter and summer they embarked launched a new enterprise with a goal to create a wine store with representations from all the major wine wine regions.
Those who took the risk of locating in Niseko prior to the last few years have either endured lean times or fallen by the wayside.  For the lucky ones who persisted they are now beginning to reap the rewards of their dedication.  Niseko Wine Cellars is one of these and has become the market leader in this small but growing ski resort town.  Their wines are found not only in the flagship store but also in cafés and restaurants throughout Niseko.
Niseko Cellars
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Conveniently located in the J-Sekka Building on the main corner of Hirafu Niseko Cellars is really the only choice in the Niseko area for quality wines.  Over the years the selection has evolved from primarily Australian wines to include an improving selection of French, Italian and New Zealand wines.  At the front end of the store is a small seating area for sipping wine aprés ski.  The wine collection along the left side of the room all the way to the back.  Near the front are the chilled whites and sparkling wines sitting in cool showcases.  As one moves towards the back of the store sections of wines shelves are organized by geographic origin.  French and Italian wines are located towards the back while New World wines were near the front  The organization is sensible and the overall retail experience was a pleasure.  It is a huge positive to have the person who selected the wines in the store to advise on tasting profiles.  This is clearly one of the strengths of this store and Mick is the man making it happen.  We had multiple wines recommended and all hit the mark for our discerning palates. The same cannot be said of any other wine related store in the village and this is the main reason for making Niseko Wine Cellars the Best Wine Store Niseko.

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Rare vintages along with organic and biodynamic wine selections can also be found within the overall collection.  Better still is the inclusion of properly aged wines in the mix for those preferring the their wines to include some evolved tertiary flavors.  An Alain Graillot Crozes Hermitage was found in the prime of its life one fine day in February and made for a wonderful match with slow cooked beef stew.

For those with special requests – email Niseko Wine Cellars and they will check availability in Japan.  Wines can be purchased online prior to arrival in Niseko via PayPal and arrangements made to deliver your order so it is waiting for you when you arrive.

Niseko Cellars
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LOCATION

ADDRESS:    J-Sekka 167-3, Aza-Yamada, Kutchan-cho, Abuta-gun, Hokkaido 044-0081, Japan 

TEL/FAX:    0136-23-1608

WEBSITE:  NISEKO WINE CELLARS


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