The company "Suntory Limited" with headquarters in Osaka(Japan) was founded in 1899 by Shinjiro Torii under the name "Torii Shoten", which was then changed to "Kotobukiya" in 1921. In the beginning, only imported wines were sold, later also self-produced wines. In 1924 the production of single malt whisky was started, which was sold under the name "Suntory Whisky Sirofuda". Only in 1963 the company changed its name to "Suntory Limited", the name of its famous product. In the same year the production of Suntory beer also started. The business areas were continuously expanded, today the wide range of products includes non-alcoholic beverages (fruit juices, tea, canned coffee), soft drinks, beer, spirits and fine wines. In 1997 Suntory became a licensee of Pepsi. Other extensive businesses in Japan include a restaurant chain with around 300 establishments and a fast food chain.
Furthermore, around 20 restaurants are operated, mainly in Mexico and in the Asian region. In Japan, Suntory is represented at 50 locations with production facilities, research institutes or other company representative offices. The company operates the "Suntory Tomi-no-Oka Winery" in Yamanashi Prefecture on the main island of Honshu. This produces about 15% of the Japanese wine volume and is in second place behind Mercian. From the 1980s onwards, the wine business expanded into Europe. Here there are shares in or joint ventures with the wineries Château Beaumont, Château Beychevelle, Château Lagrange (all Haut-Médoc), Tokaj Hétszõlõ (Hungary) and Weil Robert (Germany). See also under biggest wine companies in the world.