- DOMAINE KUHEIJI -
Our sake brewery was founded in 1647. Now, in the 21st century, we have decided to take up the challenge of making wine in France. Our goal is to create a chemistry between sake and wine. We wish to transpose the specific brewing techniques of each beverage and thus achieve a unique blend of know-how. We hope that this freedom can lead to a renewal of our brewery.
Throughout the year, the rice fields evolve, as does our know-how. Rain and shine are unpredictable but irreplaceable.
The starting point is the desire to go beyond the straitjacket of techniques. In order to propose this new brewing philosophy and leave our comfort zone, we felt the need to cross borders by setting up in France. The blending of the two cultures will be a long-term task that will certainly require several generations. It is a perpetual challenge that must be achieved on both sides of the borders.
While the fields and vineyards bequeath us their terroir and vintage, KUHEIJI listens to the land she works and tells with sincerity stories of brewing in France and Japan. We cannot forget the powerlessness of human beings, nor resist the rhythm and providence of nature. All we can do is look up to heaven and pray. Neither our philosophy nor our aesthetics can resist this awareness.
Since I became a brewer, I have been encouraged to visit the fields, to get to know them. It was then that I became aware of the liveliness of what was growing, as a matter of course. It is only thanks to human encounters that I got to where I am today and I thank them for that.
The aroma and flavour of sake and wine are important, but their true value comes when they accompany meals and create conviviality. To give people the pleasure of talking and drinking with others, alcoholic beverages must offer emotion. I hope to spice up these encounters with the originality of my avant-garde drinks.
This work of connecting is, in a sense, creating a social infrastructure. I think it is my mission as a brewer, beyond the categories of sake and wine, to create emotional and stimulating sake that creates meeting places. To do this, I want to express the individuality of terroirs and grape varieties through wine and sake.