Festivin Natural Wine Festival in Shibuya
The mass sampling and mingling event (mostly standing room only, so you might make a few friends) showcases around 300 natural wines and has upgraded to the larger, new-ish Hikarie building after a successful couple of years over in Ebisu.
Most of the wines come from Europe – notably France and Spain but also Germany, Austria, Greece, Croatia and Slovenia. Japanese producers, though, will also get a chance to show off their best efforts; the ‘movement’ towards organic and natural products is gaining traction in the country and the budding industry is growing, we hear.
There are a couple of sessions on the day, the first of which allows (sober!) kids, and food from various restaurants and top wine bars from across the nation will be available throughout.
We like the sound of Grape Gumbo’s sausages or perhaps a Kyushu style beef pitta sandwich from Yamashita Wine? Have a look at the menu (in Japanese).
When: Sunday 9 December (1st session: 12:00 – 15:30 and 2nd session: 16:30 – 20:00)
Where: Hikarie Hall, 9F. 2-21-1, Shibuya.
How Much: ¥6,000 in advance or ¥7,000 on the door (limited availability – 2011 event sold out so we’d recommend planning ahead)
Entrance fee includes unlimited wine from tasting booths, a tasting glass and memorial glass holder to take away.
For more information, check the Festivin official site, in English. English speaking guides will be in attendance on the day to help with your selections.
Main image: Hikarie building in Shibuya by onono on Flickr.