First-class wine from the Japanese enologist who earned the respect of director Francis Ford Coppola



Yasuhisa Hayashi was the first vintner to work at movie director Francis Ford Coppola’s personal winery. Now Hayashi has struck out on his own, releasing his first vintage, Paulownia, on September 9.

Hayashi left his job at a travel company in 2000 to join the well-known Inglenook Winery in Napa Valley, California (which was still named “Niebaum-Coppola” at the time). Qualifying as an enologist after 15 years of study under the first-class vintners there, he left Inglenook in 2014 to begin producing world-class vintages at his own winery.

Now Hayashi’s wine, praised by both movie director Francis Ford Coppola and Château Margaux managing director Philippe Bascaules, is available—in a limited edition of just 1,600 bottles!

Purchases can be made through the members-only wine club “The Stella,” which sends members cult wines not released in Japan every month based on a matching platform. (Japanese site)

・Flagship: 2015 PAULOWNIA Glass Mountain Vineyard
    Cabernet Sauvignon: Recommended retail price 15,000 JPY (excluding tax)

・2nd Label-2015 BONNE ODEUR
Cabernet Sauvignon: Recommended retail price 7,500 JPY (excluding tax)

 ・Two-bottle set including both of the above (limited to 260 sets): 22,500 JPY (excluding tax)