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Kirin to bring native Japanese wines to Europe

Japan-EU trade deal uncorks fresh market for the beverage group

Wine made from koshu grapes is known for a delicate bouquet and pairs well with many kinds of food.   © Reuters

TOKYO -- A unit of brewer Kirin Holdings this month began exporting wines made from indigenous Japanese grapes to Europe, taking advantage of a recent trade deal between Japan and the European Union.

London is the first European destination for Chateau Mercian -- a brand operated by Kirin's wine-making arm Mercian. Mercian will decide whether to make further inroads in Europe based on sales in the British capital.

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