Welcome to St.Cousair Winery!
St.Cousair is an award-winning winery based in the town of Iizuna, in the northern part of Nagano Prefecture. Far from the crowded cities, yet easily accessible from them, it is a delightful place to visit and enjoy fine food and wine, while taking in the fresh air and beautiful mountain scenery that Nagano is known for.
Our winery is located on a picturesque hilltop surrounded by five prominent mountain peaks. Here, in addition to the winery, are two restaurants, our Flagship Store, a chapel, and our Jam and Sauce production facility.
Come and visit us and experience for yourself the fine cuisine, beautiful vistas, and relaxed lifestyle that we like to call “Country Comfort!”
About Our Winery
St.Cousair Winery produces over 20,000 cases (approximately 250,000 bottles) of wine and cider per year. Our estate vineyards are located in Iizuna-machi, in the northern Chikuma River Valley, a hilly region that is quickly becoming an outstanding wine production area in Japan.
Our Estate Ōiri Vineyard is one of the highest awarded vineyards in Nagano. The beautiful 8-hectare site, 5 kilometers from the winery, is 650 meters above sea level, on a downhill, south-facing slope. The vineyard’s elevation and substantial 50 cm winter snowfall provide the necessary moisture that leads to its spectacular June blossoms, and during the growing season, the grapes receive bountiful sunshine. The grapes produced at Ōiri are primarily Chardonnay, but we also grow Merlot, Pinot Noir and other varieties on the site.
Our Estate Chapel Vineyard, located on the hillside below the restaurant and chapel, consists of Cabernet Franc and Cabernet Sauvignon grapes. All our vineyards receive moderate rainfall and sufficiently dry winds, with an average growing season temperature of 20°C.
St.Cousair Winery has been the recipient of multiple awards, including:
Challenge International du Vin Gold Medal, Nagano Chardonnay 2015
Chardonnay du Monde Silver Medal, St.Cousair Chardonnay 2012
Challenge International du Vin Gold Medal, Zion 2011
Free 15-minute Winery Tours Daily
11:00, 13:30 and 15:00 (no reservations required)
Tours meet in the main entrance archway.
St.Cousair's roots trace back to the 1970s, when founder Ryozo Kuze and his wife Mayumi operated a ski lodge in Madarao Kōgen, near the present-day Iizuna-machi. Though the ski lodge was moderately successful, operating it was physically exhausting, and Ryozo and Mayumi soon decided to pursue a different path.
During the years operating the ski lodge, Mayumi often made homemade apple jam as a gift to their guests. Her apple jam became popular among repeat visitors, and was soon being sold in other ski lodges in Madarao Kōgen. Residents and tourists began asking Ryozo where his jam factory was located, even though there wasn’t a factory. But the idea had been planted and Ryozo now knew the path ahead of him. He and Mayumi closed the ski lodge for good, and devoted their efforts to building a jam factory, winery, restaurant and gift shop in the present-day town of Iizuna-machi.
What started as a simple recipe for apple jam, has since grown to over 100 retail shops and restaurants throughout Japan, and the company is currently expanding its production of fine food and beverages worldwide, through its retail brands, St.Cousair and Kuze Fuku & Co.
St.Cousair still espouses the simple, relaxed lifestyle that we often refer to as “Country Comfort.” The Winery in Iizuna today is a popular destination for tour groups, families and individuals interested in winery tourism, fine cuisine, fresh air, and breathtaking mountain views.
St.Cousair Winery Restaurant
During your visit to St.Cousair Winery, enjoy fine European cuisine with a breathtaking panoramic view down to the Chikuma River Valley.
Perched on a hilltop above our estate Chapel Vineyard, St.Cousair Winery Restaurant offers elegant daytime and evening dining, featuring French and Italian cuisine, a varied selection of our wines, and scrumptious desserts. St.Cousair Winery Restaurant prides itself on preparing dishes that are both pleasing to the palate and to the eye. Each dish combines balance and harmony, both in presentation and in flavor.
Guests may dine indoors or enjoy the fresh air and sweeping panoramic views offered from our outdoor terrace. The restaurant is also available for private parties and weddings.
Menus are in Japanese and English. To view our English Menu, click here (PDF).
Reservations Recommended. Call 026-253-8070
Vineyard Hilltop Chapel
Located by our Winery Restaurant, Vineyard Hilltop Chapel is the namesake of our estate Chapel Vineyard.
The location was specifically chosen so that all in the valley below could look up to the hilltop and see the chapel there.
The chapel is a venue option for weddings.
The St.Cousair Winery Delicatessen is located by the winery garden and offers casual daytime dining, including charcoal-grilled steaks, quiches, sausages made in-house, our original gelato, and homemade pies, as well as a large assortment of beverages, both alcohol and soft drinks.
Guests may dine inside, out on the deck, or on the lawn.
11:00 - 15:00 Lunchtime Grill Hours
10:00 - 11:00, 15:00 – 16:00 Drinks and Desserts only
Reservations for the Delicatessen are not required.
Our Winery Shop features the Wine Tasting Counter, where visitors may try our various wines and ciders. Wine Tasting is free for all available varieties, except our St.Cousair Chardonnay and Chapel Vineyard vintages, which are 500 yen each.
The shop also boasts a wide variety of our jams, sauces, dressings and other foods produced both in our on-site factory and from our other nearby production facilities. Numerous jams, sauces and snacks are available for free tasting as well. Upstairs at the shop is a wide assortment of quality kitchen and dining ware.
The shop offers elegant gift wrapping on request, and we can ship orders domestically. Bubble and foam wrapping is also available for visitors planning to take items on flights home.
Winery Shop Hours
9:00 – 17:00 Daily
Fidea's Charity Jams and Sauces
Fidea Kobayashi, who works in our Winery Restaurant, has long had a dream to provide support, in the form of shelter, food, education, and love, to orphaned and vulnerable children in her home country of Tanzania. St.Cousair supports her mission through the sale of Charity Jams and Sauces in our shops. For each jar sold, 100 yen of the proceeds goes to the Mwangaza Foundation.