You might not think of a rocky Japanese island as the obvious destination for a talented French vintner, but Jean-Marc Brignot seems to enjoy defying expectations. A “natural winemaker” who uses a hand-cranked press to crush grapes, Brignot felt oppressed by the French wine scene and fled to plant vines on the island of Sado, Japan. Historically known for its large gold mine and penal colony, today Sado boasts an eclectic population of free-thinking gourmands. Brignot will soon open the island’s first wine-bar, but whether his vines will flourish remains uncertain.
Source: Roads & Kingdoms