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chinoya Co., LtdNagano
- Ichinoya is said to have been founded in 1865. The brewery was built in the Meiji era (1868-1912), and even today, the entire process is done by hand, from the basic rice washing to the most important processes of koji making, sake mother, and three-stage brewing, rather than using machines for regular sake production. Omachi City, where the brewery is located, is at the foot of the Northern Alps, and the "Onna-no Shimizu" used for brewing water comes from a spring in the 900-meter-high mountain village of Iyani-Sato. The area around the pond in Iyari-ri, where the spring water gushes out, is lush with vegetation, a kind of green dam, which acts as a natural filtration material, slowly filtering the water over a long period of time and allowing it to gush out prodigiously onto the ground. The water is delicious even when drunk as it is, and is carefully handcrafted into sake using luxurious Nagano Prefecture's original sake rice such as Miyamanishiki, Hitogochi, Yamae Nishiki, and Shirakaba Nishiki grown in the local Omachi City and Nagano Prefecture.