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Vinegar to Impress Skilled Craftsmen

MARUSHO VINEGAR BREWERY

  • 1879
  • Wooden vat vinegar brewing
  • Kazuko Kosaka
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History

Why vinegar from a wooden vat is delicious

MARUSHO VINEGAR BREWERY was founded in 1879 by Shoshichi Kosaka in Nachikatsuura-cho, Wakayama Prefecture.

Originally, Wakayama Prefecture was known for its production of fermented foods such as vinegar, soy sauce and miso.

Nachikatsuura, with its thriving fishing industry, consumed a lot of vinegar, and there were many vinegar brewers in the area.

We put rice, koji, water, and seed vinegar into a large cedar vat to ferment.

Microorganisms such as lactobacillus and yeast live in the wooden vats, and they work together to produce vinegar.

During the war, it was impossible to procure raw materials, and even when the supply of raw materials resumed after the war, the microorganisms in the empty wooden vats died out, and it was a series of hardships until the bacteria returned to the vats.

After the war, a brewing method that could be mass-produced efficiently in a short period of time using polyethylene vats, which are lightweight, strong, and easy to handle, became popular.

We also brewed vinegar in wooden vats and polyethylene tanks, and compared the aroma, flavor, and richness as time went by.

As a result, we found that vinegar brewed in wooden vats, where the bacteria can actively work, satisfies the nose and palate of skilled craftsmen in terms of aroma, flavor, and richness.

Since then, we have continued to maintain the wooden vat brewing method and deliver high quality vinegar to our customers with confidence.

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Characteristic

Authentic taste, aroma, and richness recognized around the world

In Tenma, Nachikatsuura Town, where our company is located, there is the famous Kumano Nachi Taisha Shrine.

The water source of our well is the same as that of Nachi-no-Ohtaki, the shrine's sacred body.

This is well water that has been protected by the gods since ancient times.

This water meets all of the strict water quality standards for use in vinegar brewing.

Rice and KOJI are made from safe products grown with low agricultural chemicals.

The wooden vats made from giant Kumano cedar trees are 78 in.high and 2 in.thick.

The wooden vats are named after successive grand champions of sumo, and each day the craftsmen affectionately call out their names as they check the brewing process.

Delicious vinegar is made from carefully selected, high quality ingredients using traditional methods with a lot of time and love.

Recently, MARUSYO vinegar has been gaining popularity not only in European countries where people are highly conscious of natural health and macrobiotics, but also among food connoisseurs and famous chefs in China, Taiwan, Singapore, and Australia.

The glutinous brown rice black vinegar made at the request of Michio Kushi, an advocate of macrobiotics, is a proud product that is unique in Japan and the world.

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For Customers

Taste the vinegar that only we can make!

Our vinegar is a matured brewed vinegar made in a wooden vat.

”Black rice vinegar” is a long term matured vinegar made from glutinous brown rice, rice malt, and natural spring water over a period of 500 days.

It is characterized by the unique richness and flavor of glutinous brown rice and its deep aroma.

It is a gem that has won the highest gold medal of the Monde Selection.

”Sushi Vinegar" is a high-grade sushi vinegar made from rice vinegar brewed in our brewery, mixed with natural Rishiri kelp and sweet sake.

It can be used for a wide range of purposes, such as vinegar for sushi rice, vinegar for all kinds of vinegar dishes, or as a dressing sauce mixed with sesame oil or olive oil.

”Traditional brewed rice vinegar" is a blend of rice vinegar and glutinous brown rice black vinegar, seasoned with amazake and hon mirin.

This vinegar has the aroma and soft taste of glutinous brown rice with a refreshing aftertaste of fresh citrus.

This vinegar is ideal for marinades, dressing sauces, and other dishes.

Our vinegar, made from carefully selected ingredients and brewed in the old fashioned way, has a simple but deep aroma and taste, and is a seasoning that can greatly enhance the taste of various dishes.

We hope that health-conscious people and those who are concerned about their blood sugar levels will try vinegar in their meals and drinks.

Award

2007 Awarded the Monde Selection Gold Medal

2021 COREZO Foundation COREZO Award

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