English sparkling wine ripe for Japan success?

6th May, 2016 by Lauren Eads

Japanese wine importer Mottox has taken on four English sparkling wine producers for the first time, believing the category, which its chief buyer describes as “the brother of Champagne”, to have the potential to blossom.

Kayo Kono, (left) chief buyer and brand manager at Japanese wine importer Mottox, on tour in England last week. Pictured here at Stopham Vineyard in West Sussex, one of Digby Fine English’s partners.

“After having sampled English sparkling wines for seven years, I became convinced about the quality last year,” said Kayo Kono, chief buyer and brand manager for Mottox Inc. “Also, I have quite successfully handled the brand-building activity of our main Champagne and felt that the sales team was ready for a new adventure. Another important decision….

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