The company "Suntory Limited" headquartered in Osaka ( Japan ) was founded in 1899 by Shinjiro Torii under the name "Torii Shoten", which was then changed to "Kotobukiya" in 1921. Initially, only imported wines, later also self-produced were sold. In 1924, with the production of single-malt whiskey started, which was sold under the name "Suntory whiskey Sirofuda". It was not until 1963 that the company changed its name to Suntory Limited, the name of their famous product. In the same year began the production of Suntory beer. The business segments have been continuously expanded, today the diversified product portfolio includes soft drinks (fruit juices, tea, canned coffee), soft drinks, beer. spirits and fine wines. In 1997, Suntory became a licensee of Pepsi. Further extensive branches of business are in Japan a restaurant chain with approximately 300 enterprises and a fast food chain.
Furthermore, around 20 restaurants are all in Mexico and operated in the Asian region. In Japan Suntory is represented at 50 locations with production sites, research centers or other company representatives. The company operates the winery "Suntory Tomi-no-Oka Winery" in the prefecture Yamanashi on the main island Honshu. This produces about 15% of the Japanese quantity of wine and is thus behind Mercian on the second place. From the 1980s, the wine business expanded into Europe. There are shares in or joint ventures with the wineries Château Beaumont, Château Beychevelle. Château Lagrange (all Haut-Médoc), Tokaj Hétszõlõ (Hungary) and Because Robert (Germany). See also below largest wine companies in the world,