Domaine Kuheiji was established in Burgundy by Japanese sake master, Kuheiji of Banjo Sake Brewery. The winery is located in Morey-Saint-Denis, one of the famous production areas of Côte de Nuits, and has been producing high quality Burgundy wines since 2016.
In order to understand the spirit of Domaine Kuheiji, transport yourself to another land of tradition – Japan – and meet Mr Kuno, a Burgundy enthusiast and owner of the Kuheiji sake brewery. Mr Kuno is the 15th generation of a family of brewers; sake runs in his veins.
Mr Kuno's experience selling wine in an upscale Parisian restaurants 20 years ago helped him to understand that wine is a universal language. Above all, he realised that wine shares many common points with sake: from the importance of terroir to the production method.
Now a bridge between Burgundy and Japan has been created.
Hirotaka Ito was invited to cross this bridge between the two cultures back in 2013. He trained in sake brewing for more than 15 years under the management of Mr Kuno and developed a similar passion for Burgundy wines. This mutual interest created a desire in them to go even further; Hirotaka Ito therefore moved to Burgundy, trained in winemaking and, in 2016, started to work in the field of wine.
A year later, the opportunity to buy some vines arose… and so Domaine Kuheiji was born.