It all begins with RICE
Who are we?
Established in 2007 on Granville Island, Artisan SakeMaker is known as a unique commercial winery that produces award winning, hand-made, small batch and fresh sake. Our brand name “OSAKE” is widely recognized as “Canada’s first locally produced fresh premium Sake”, and its popularity has reached across the country and beyond.
Handcrafted in our artisan studio located at Railspur Alley on Granville Island, Osake is the first “fresh premium Junmai Sake” of its kind produced in Canada. The word “Junmai” refers to a style of sake making that uses only three ingredients: Rice, Water and Yeast. Fermented from Sakamai (rice grains suitable for making sake), hand-pressed and hand-bottled, Osake is left unfiltered and unpasteurized to optimize its fresh, delicate, fruit-like aromas and flavours.
Unlike premium sakes imported from Japan, which are typically produced once a year in winter, Osake is made in small batches several times a year in cycles roughly corresponding to the changing of the seasons. This departure from tradition allows us to explore and produce versatile rice wines that complement the varied in-season bounty of our local west coast cuisine; from fish and shellfish in spring and summer to heart-warming braises and stews in fall and winter.
What’s important to us?
We have set three key objectives in building our operational foundations: Sustainable, Natural and Local. This philosophy is practiced in all of our product development – sourcing and processing ingredients, sake making procedures and rice growing practices. Artisan Sake Kasu, the fermented rice mash that remains after sake is pressed, is used in a variety of refreshing, savoury and flavourful culinary and natural beauty products like
ORIZÉE Beauty Products.
Our Accomplishment and Challenge
Sake is a traditional Japanese beverage that is produced through the fermentation of rice. Currently, a majority of sake production in Canada depends on the import of rice from other countries such as Japan and the US. Since 2009, Artisan SakeMaker has been tirelessly working on the research for producing rice locally in BC. In 2015, after seven years of trials and technical improvements, we reached our first milestone and produced our entire sake products from 100% Canadian contents.
Now our focus is to increase yield and quality of rice so that more OSAKE products can be made and reach a wider audience for their enjoyment of true “Canadian Sake”.