We have kept to what our founder always said - “If its not dry, its not sake.” We have passed down what our second head of the brewery sought - “Smooth sake that youll never get tired of”- and we have been brewing only dry sake. Our customers voice, “Its delicious”, is what supports Tentakas traditional flavor. Your joy is our joy, and this is how we hone our brewing skills and refine our heart.
While we value and inherit the founders philosophy, we dont fear changes. We challenge every day to make new sake that suits the new era. Our goal is to make high quality sake which everyone can safely drink and sake you will enjoy more and more as you get to know about Tentaka. We pay close attention to even the soil for rice and never compromise on delivering Tentakas “delicious, safe, and enjoyable sake.”
Our faith in sake making is “Great sake is made from great ingredients.” We carefully select the best variety and production place of rice for Tentakas sake brewing. To make higher quality sake, we have recently started working together with the farmers who also embrace Tentakas concept and engage in sake brewing where importance is placed on growing rice. Our dream is to brew sake made from rice grown by our hands by utilizing the strength of “a small brewery in a small town.” We seek to directly participate in the creation of an environment for rice paddies and make a kind of sake that only Tentaka can brew.
In January 2018, we established our subsidiary company “Tentaka Organic Farm Co., Ltd.” which produces organic rice. You can learn about their daily activities at “Tentaka News / Tentaka Organic Farm”.
Tentaka is located in a nature-rich city, Ohtawara, Tochigi Prefecture. Through the year, the area is blessed with sunny weather, and the warm summer and the ideal coldness in the winter are suitable for sake brewing. As the city is on the delta between the Naka River and the Houki River, rice has been actively grown since a long time ago. The abundant subsoil water from Mount Nasu in the most northern part of the prefecture enables us to secure clean water which is necessary for sake production. Rice, water, and climate – all conditions are met and that is why the city is perfect for Nihonshu brewing.
Tentaka installs the newest equipment and promotes mechanization proactively. Our purpose is not workforce reduction – it is to ensure our women/senior workers can safely work and to maintain high reproductivity of sake quality. We distinguish what machines can do from what only humans five senses can do. We utilize various machines including IT technology so that we can focus more on things what only humans are capable of, such as drawing on years of experience. Tentakas philosophy of sake brewing remains unchanged, but our technology that produces “delicious, safe, and enjoyable sake” improves continuously.
Such efforts have paid off, and Tentaka has been highly praised. In the 2017 Japan Sake Awards, “Organic Junmai Daiginjo Tentaka” won gold for the first time in Japan as an organic Nihonshu. In foreign competitions, we also had the double winning of a trophy of Futsushu and Great Value Sake at IWC（International Wine Challenge）and the Platinum award at Kura Master in 2018.