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Sakura Japan Women’s wine awards

Japanese women award 10 Gold Medals to the wines of Bodegas Vicente Gandía

Finca del Mar Verdejo obtains double gold medal

This contest has the particularity that the wines are judged exclusively from the female point of view since the jury is made up only of women. In this seventh edition of the contest, FINCA DEL MAR VERDEJO has been the best rated wine of Bodegas Vicente Gandía obtaining the DOUBLE GOLD medal, in addition, 9 more wines were awarded with gold medal:

  • El Miracle Cava Brut
  • El Miralce Cava Brut Organic
  • El Miracle Nº3 Blanco
  • Finca del Mar Chardonnay
  • Hoya de Cadenas Cava Brut Nature
  • Hoya de Cadenas Crianza Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Nebla Garnacha
  • Nebla Verdejo Rosé
  • Vicente Gandía Bobal Negro

The following wines have also obtained a silver medal:

  • El Miracle by Mariscal
  • El Miracle Cava Brut Rosé
  • Hoya de Cadenas Chardonnay
  • Raiza Crianza
  • Vicente Gandía Cava Brut Nature


During the month of February 2021, the 8th edition of the “Sakura” Japan Women’s Wine Awards” took place in Tokyo, the most important wine competition in Japan. Around 4,300 wines from 29 countries participate in this contest and its peculiarity is that it is carried out exclusively by women linked to the wine sector. This year 560 women from different areas of Japan have made up the jury. The keen sense of smell and taste of these professionals in the wine sector have rewarded those wines that best suit the taste of Japanese consumers. Among the 560 judges we can find wine specialists, renowned sommeliers, winemakers, oenology teachers, journalists, directors of hospitality beverages, and heads of purchases in the retail channel, importers and distributors.

There are now 8 editions of this contest in which women from the wine industry have participated as jury in the “Sakura Japan Women’s Wine Awards “. The winning wines in this competition are references that can be found in Japan on the shelves of the supermarkets, wine stores and online. At the same time they are wines that can be enjoyed in Japanese restaurants.

Through a blind tasting carried out by the jury, they award the wines that, in the opinion of Japanese women, behave better in terms of pairing with Japanese cuisine, have good value for money and are also more attractive to consumers and Japanese buyers. The contest has three main goals: To Help the consumer decide on a wine to pair with Japanese cuisine, to increase the annual wine consumption per person and to increase the possibilities of the integration of women into the wine sector.

Currently, wine consumption in Japan is concentrated in large metropolitan areas, but the influence of this type of competition means that consumption improves in rural areas as well.

Javier Gandía, General Manager of Bodegas Vicente Gandía, “Japan is today a strategic market for our winery as it has established itself in recent years as a Premium destination with good growth year after year and great awareness of our brands. These awards do nothing but agree with Japanese consumers who increasingly choose our wines as their first choice. This makes us the spearhead for Valencian wine exports in this geographical area and this makes us very proud”


Elaboration: After keeping a careful eye on the ripening process, the night harvest is carried out in the month of September to take advantage of the cooler temperatures which help to preserve the aromas. The grapes undergo cold maceration in order to accentuate the must’s aromatic intensity, before controlled fermentation at low temperatures over a period of 18 days.

Tasting notes: Brilliant yellow, clean with lime tones. On the nose, this wine features aromas of tropical fruits and white flowers. On the palate, it is very zestful with a very well integrated acidity and a long finish.

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