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Tokyo’s Shibuya Shinsen Wine Apartment Project

Tokyo’s Shibuya Shinsen Wine Apartment Project

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Workers have broken ground on an apartment building in Tokyo designed especially for wine lovers in Tokyo, complete with an on-site sommelier, ground-floor wine bar and bistro.

It’s a luxurious concept for serious oenophiles. The 10-story building, which is scheduled to be finished in September of 2013, will house 18 units, mostly in the 40-square-meter range, according to a report by Japan Property Central.

From wine publication Decanter’s account, the new dwelling, called the Shibuya Shinsen Wine Apartment Project, will cater to every wine lover’s fantasy. In addition to a wine bar and bistro at their doorstep, the building comes with an in-house sommelier who will act as a wine concierge.

Among his job duties? Be at the beck and call of residents for the sole purpose of serving wine in their apartments, arranging wine dinner parties and other events. Wine glasses and decanters are also available for rent.

Moreover, in a town where living space comes at an incredible premium, the building also comes with an underground wine cellar capable of housing 10,000 bottles.

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Apartments can only be rented and are not for sale.

The project, helmed by the Japanese branch of the Bordeaux Wine Bank, was designed by architect Keiji Ashizawa, with one of the country’s top sommeliers, Ishida Hiroshi, acting as a consultant.

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