Wine lovers take a dip in this years vintage Beaujolais Nouveau

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TOKYO, Nov 17 (Reuters) - Wine lovers in Japan toasted the release of this year's vintage of Beaujolais Nouveau on Thursday by swimming in a hot spring bath mixed with the renowned French tipple.

A sommelier was on hand to pour wine over the dozens of attendees at the 11th "Beaujolais Nouveau Day" in Hakone, southwest of Tokyo, where adults supped and swam in the new, fruity offering and children toasted with grape juice.

"It's good for my skin and it feels relaxing. I feel very good," a housewife from nearby Tokyo, Natsumi Kaizu, said.

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People toast with the 2016 Beaujolais Nouveau wine as they dip in a hot bath with coloured water representing wine at the Hakone Kowaki-en Yunessun spa resort during an event marking Beaujolais Nouveau Day in Hakone, west of Tokyo, Japan November 17, 2016. REUTERS/Oh Hyun
A man pours wine into the hands of a women as they sit in a hot bath with coloured water representing wine at the Hakone Kowaki-en Yunessun spa resort during an event marking Beaujolais Nouveau Day in Hakone west of Tokyo, November 19, 2015. REUTERS/Thomas Peter
People soaking in a hot bath with coloured water representing wine hold glasses of the 2016 Beaujolais Nouveau wine as a sommelier pours the nouveau wine into the bath at the Hakone Kowaki-en Yunessun spa resort during an event marking Beaujolais Nouveau Day in Hakone, west of Tokyo, Japan November 17, 2016. REUTERS/Oh Hyun
Women clink wine glasses as they sit in a hot bath with coloured water representing wine at the Hakone Kowaki-en Yunessun spa resort during an event marking Beaujolais Nouveau Day in Hakone west of Tokyo, November 19, 2015. REUTERS/Thomas Peter
A man pours wine into a hot bath with coloured water representing wine at the Hakone Kowaki-en Yunessun spa resort during an event marking Beaujolais Nouveau Day in Hakone west of Tokyo, November 19, 2015. REUTERS/Thomas Peter TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
Women drink wine as they sit in a hot bath with coloured water representing wine at the Hakone Kowaki-en Yunessun spa resort during an event marking Beaujolais Nouveau Day in Hakone west of Tokyo, November 19, 2015. REUTERS/Thomas Peter
People observe a minute of silence to commemorate the victims of last week's Paris attack as they stand in a hot bath with coloured water representing wine at the Hakone Kowaki-en Yunessun spa resort during an even marking Beaujolais Nouveau Day in Hakone west of Tokyo, November 19, 2015. REUTERS/Thomas Peter
A woman drinks wine in a hot bath with coloured water representing wine at the Hakone Kowaki-en Yunessun spa resort during an event marking Beaujolais Nouveau Day in Hakone west of Tokyo, November 19, 2015. REUTERS/Thomas Peter TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
People clink wine glasses as they stand in a hot bath with coloured water representing wine at the Hakone Kowaki-en Yunessun spa resort during an event marking Beaujolais Nouveau Day in Hakone west of Tokyo, November 19, 2015. REUTERS/Thomas Peter
A man pours wine into the hand of a woman as she sits in a hot bath with coloured water representing wine at the Hakone Kowaki-en Yunessun spa resort during an event marking Beaujolais Nouveau Day in Hakone west of Tokyo, November 19, 2015. REUTERS/Thomas Peter
A man pours wine over the head of a customer as he stands in a hot bath with coloured water representing wine at the Hakone Kowaki-en Yunessun spa resort during an event marking Beaujolais Nouveau Day in Hakone west of Tokyo, November 19, 2015. REUTERS/Thomas Peter
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The wine is made from Gamay grapes in the Beaujolais region, eastern France, and has a quick fermentation process that doesn't require barrels.

Every year, the new batch goes on sale at one minute after midnight on the third Thursday in November with Japan, Germany and United States traditionally the biggest importers.

Organizers of the event in Japan said this year's edition was particularly fruity owing to good weather before the harvest. (Reporting by Reuters TV. Editing by Patrick Johnston)

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