Niigata, Echigo-Yuzawa Town – Brewer: Shingo Yamaguchi – Founded 1855
Shirataki Shuzo was established in 1855 with the belief that the best sake is made using the finest locally sourced ingredients. This philosophy has been passed down through seven generations. The brewery is based in Echigo Yuzawa Town in Niigata Prefecture, an area renowned for its heavy snowfall. In the spring the snow melts to provide an abundance of clear natural mineral water, which is a prime ingredient for sake. The molten snow passes through a coal seam when running downhill from mountain peaks; thus, a natural filtration. The filtration process continues at the brewery which further accentuates the taste and quality of the water. The result is sake that is easy-to-drink with a gentle texture, a complex palate with a hint of sweetness, and light aroma.
Echigo Yuzawa is home to Koshikikari, the most famous, high quality rice brand in Japan. This combination of high quality clear natural water and top-quality rice means that Shirataki Shuzo is based in the best location in Japan for the production of sake. Shirataki Shuzo produces seasonal sake that celebrates the opening of brewing season in the fall, and sake that represent the winter, spring and summer months. Most notably they are known for their fresh and lively Namazake Junmai Ginjo which can be enjoyed all year round.