In search of unique local flavour
In 1988 we started using rice grown locally in our home village of Ryuou or from the old Tojo area of Hyogo Prefecture※2※ (rated Special A regions), mainly Yamadanishiki grown by farmers under direct contract. We then switched to using only rice grown under our own contracts from 1992 as we sought a more elegant and refined flavour in our sake.
Thanks to our contract farmers, all fields producing our rice were certified for Environmentally Sensitive Agricultural Produce in 2002, and we started growing organic rice without synthetic fertiliser in the 2003 growing season. This rice is used for our AZOLLA sake.
※2 The old Tojo area of Hyogo prefecture is famous as one of the main rice and sake production areas in Japan, and holds a special place in the history of sake making.