winemaker : Kohki Iwata
Region : Languedoc
Certification: AB and Ecocert certified
We're talking to you about his Winery
Kohki Iwata is a young Japanese who arrived in France in 2008. Before that, Kohki worked in a natural wine bar in Osaka (Japan) for about 5 years.
Upon his arrival, he did some internships with famous winemakers such as Olivier Cousin (2 months) or Jean Foillard (6 months) for example. Then he worked for 4 years at the Augé cellars in Paris from 2010. Finally in 2015, he works at Winery des Soulié (Saint Chinian). Winery which has the particularity of being worked organically since 1960 and on a large surface area: 27 ha. This Winery is also known to be constantly in an ecological approach. As such, the Winery can boast of being 100% autonomous in (green) electricity.
So Kohki Iwata settled in the area (in Assignan) with his wife and decided in 2016 to start vinifying grapes on his own. No need to go far to buy the grapes: those from the Soulié's Winery (AB and Ecocert certified). A Japanese company brings him some finance and SAS Wa Sud is born in 2017.
The vinified wines are without inputs, pure juices. The production is low (about 5,000 bottles) and the quality is really there. Decidedly these Japanese winemakers are amazing and continue to show their interest in natural wines from France. To be continued.