Matsunoi Shuzojo, one of the smallest breweries, has won more gold medals than any other breweries in Niigata at Japan National Sake Competition in the last decade including 2012, 2011, 2010, 2007, 2003. As their production is so limited, most of the sake is shipped to customers in their hometown, Tokamachi in Niigata. This tokubetsu honjozo sake, being loved by local sake connoisseurs, is Tokamachifs hidden gem.


Basic information


Brand :           Matsunoi [matsu-noy]

Nickname :     gWishing Wellh

Type of sake: Tokubetsu Honjozo

Seimai Buai:   Rice polished to 58%.

Alcohol:          15-16% by volume

Size & UPC: 1.8L/6              UPC: 844650030044

720ml/12         UPC: 844650030013

                        300ml/12         UPC: 844650030020



Producer:       Matsunoi Shuzojo       Founded:        1895

Location:        50-1 Ueno Tokamachi-shi, Niigata, 948-0122 Japan


President:      Makoto Furusawa – the fifth generation of the owner/founding family

Toji (Master Brewer):@Yutaka Furusawa


Ingredients & Technical data


Rice:               Gohyaku-man-goku and Yukino-sei

Water:            On-site well water, soft water

Yeast:             Kyokai #7 & #10

Sulfite-free, preservative-free.


Nihonshu-do (SMV):   +5      Acidity:  1.3    Amino acids: 1


Other information


Serving temp.:  Chilled, room temperature, or warmed

Tasting note:  Aromas of peach, almond, and hazelnut.  Crisp, nutty and dry.

Food Pairing: Blackened ahi tuna with mustard sauce, Grilled mushroom, Japanese soba noodle.