Kyoho is a black, interspecific crossing variety from Japan.

Characteristics
Kyoho is a crossing between Ishiharawase (a Vitis vinifera variety) and Centennial (a Vitis Labrusca variety).

The name means “giant mountain grape” and size is one of its characteristics – it can grow to be like a small plum in size. It is known for its high sugar and low acidity levels.

Wines
Apart from being a highly-appreciated table grape often used to prepare delicious deserts, the Kyoho grape is also reportedly used to make dry to off-dry white wines. In Japan, this is however becoming increasingly rare.

There are indications of wine production based on the Kyoho grape both in Korea (e.g. South Korea) and Taiwan, but more sources are needed in order to confirm this.

Food pairing
No suggestions for food pairing can be offered.

Where is it grown?
Kyoho is the most planted grape both in South Korea (2.700 ha/6,672 ac) and in Taiwan (1.303 ha/3,220 ac). There are also reports of plantings in Japan, which however do not appear in the statistics over grapes

History
Kyoho was bred by the Oinoue Institute for Agronomical & Biological Science, Japan, in 1936.