Osaka wine

A large vineyard exists in the region encompassing the cities of Kashiwara and Habikino in southern Osaka.

The area was utilized during the Edo era for cotton production, but grapes began to be cultivated during the Meiji era after the influx of cotton produced overseas resulted in the decline of the land.

The region was once known as number one in the country for wine production during the early Showa period, although Osakans were generally unfamiliar with this fact.

Some wineries in the area are over 100 years old, and produce wines made exclusively from locally-harvested grapes.

Today, winderies are dotted throughout the district, and offer tastings and wine sales. Indeed, local wines now enjoy significant popularity due to a recent dramatic improvement in quality and increased selection.