Je suis journaliste en équitation et vin, et sommelier WSET niveau 3.
Je travaille à mi-temps dans un bar à vin à Stockholm pour rester en contact avec la réalité et ce qui s'y passe. J'organise également des dégustations et j'effectue des missions de conseil.
J'ai fait sept vendanges complètes en France et j'ai taillé et fait des vendanges vertes en Italie. En tant qu'écrivain et sommelier, cela m'aide à comprendre et à expliquer ce qu'est vraiment le vin.
Pour le vin, ma passion a toujours été le côté nature et la mise en contexte du vin. C'est là qu'intervient mon intérêt pour PIWI - ces raisins sont l'avenir. Ils sont respectueux de l'environnement, économiques et intéressants pour le buveur ; ils offrent de nouvelles saveurs dans un monde en constante évolution. Ici en Suède, ils font partie intégrante de la viticulture.
J'aiderai le chapitre local pour la Suède à promouvoir les raisins PIWI, à compiler et à présenter les nouvelles et à diffuser ce qui se passe ; soyez l'araignée sur le Web pour relier les expériences et organiser des rassemblements à l'avenir.

Lena Sarnholm

Nous lançons maintenant un chapitre local pour la Suède afin de promouvoir nos vins à plus grande échelle et de collaborer sur le terrain national. Rejoignez-nous et devenez un membre de PIWI International

Lena Sarnholm


Rapport de récolte en Suède : Floraison tardive - récolte tardive

The spring was late and cold, which means a later harvest and slightly less fruit. But the quality of the Swedish grapes is reported to be good.

The Swedish winegrowers are preparing for harvest. As in the rest of Europe, the summer was hot and dry (but without an extreme heatwave). However, a cold May and thus flowering means that the harvest takes place slightly later compared to last year, plus there will be a few fewer grapes.

At Kullabergs Vingård in southwestern Sweden, their harvest of PIWI is expected to begin in October.

– The cool and late flowering means that we have a slightly smaller amount of fruit this year. But the summer was hot and dry so it looks good, says winemaker K Felix G Åhrberg, who came to Kullaberg in 2017 after working abroad. He is a trained oenologist at Klosterneuburg in Austria.

Kullaberg grows six primary varieties – Solaris, Souvignier Gris, Muscaris, Donauriesling, Pinot Nova and Cabernet Noir – but also has experimental cultivation with around 20 varieties to see what works. Until now, the focus has been on the Swedish „national grape“ Solaris, but K Felix G Åhrberg strongly believes in the new PIWI generation of blue varieties.

– In my opinion, Rondo and Regent give a bit of foxy flavor – it’s kind of like running Windows 95 on your computer. Pinot Nova and Cabernet Noir I like a lot, he says.

Pinot Nova (Blauer Burgunder x Malverina) is related to Pinot Noir and comes from Austria; Cabernet Noir is an offspring of Cabernet Sauvignon and was cultivated by Valentin Blatter in Switzerland in 1991.

Kullaberg is Sweden’s largest investment winery with a total of 14 hectares. The soil is mostly sand-mixed clay with one of the country’s oldest rock types, the pink-toned diabase Kullait. The location right by the sea is also favorable:

– We are surrounded by three seas, Öresund, Skälderviken and Kattegatt. This means that we have a mild climate with a long growing season.

A new circular winery built of wood will be inaugurated at the end of October.

– We have solar cells and our own water which we reuse. It’s 2.000 square meters and the capacity will be 100,000 bottles. Last year we made 32,000.

Just outside Malmö in the south you’ll find Vingården i Klagshamn, founded in 2001 and one of the pioneers in Swedish viticulture. Murat Sofrakis and Lena Jörgensen have 1.8 hectares, 80 percent Solaris.

– For our part, it was a cold spring with a late flowering at the end of June, and beginning of July. When summer came, it became dry – the plants were stressed, so now we are a little behind compared to previous years. We usually harvest in mid-September but are still waiting to get started.

Lena Jörgensen confirms the increased interest in Swedish wine.

– Absolutely. There is greater demand and we sell out. We accept pre-booked groups and this year we have been full. It’s a new category of people coming now, wine geeks with a solid interest.


• The new cellar at Kullabergs Vingård, with steel tanks from Ledinegg, Austria.

• Murat Sofrakis and Lena Jörgensen, Vingården i Klagshamn.

15 septembre 2022|

Viticulture suédoise avec PIWI

In just over 20 years, Swedish viticulture has gone from being a hobby to a commercially recognized player with wines that win international prizes and reputation – thanks to the hardy PIWI grapes.

Sweden has around 50 commercial vineyards and nearly 200 hectare under vines. The main grape is Solaris – roughly 80% – followed by Rondo; both established PIWI varieties.

PIWI is a long-term sustainable solution not only for Sweden; even in established wine countries, they realize that climate change requires new ideas and an open mind.
The association PIWI International, founded in 1999 – incidentally, the same year that Sweden became an official wine country according to the EU – is a platform for the exchange of experience and discussions, which with joint forces and strength can market these wines. For Sweden, viticulture has become an experienced industry and business of the future that can create jobs in the countryside.
The PIWI International Wine Challenge has become an internationally recognized competition, where Swedish wines are starting to take off. We are now launching a local chapter for Sweden to promote our wines on a larger scale, and collaborate on home ground.
3 septembre 2022|
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