Norway is located on the Scandinavian peninsula and borders to the east Sweden
and in the northeast Finland
, For a viticulture the climatic conditions are not suitable. There are also major restrictions on the consumption of alcohol (see also under prohibition
). Wine and spirits
It is not possible to buy in normal shops, but only in special state outlets "Vinmonopolet". In supermarkets you only get beer
At petrol stations, no alcohol may be sold at all. Restaurants and cafés need a liquor license to offer alcohol. The minimum age for buying beer and wine is 18 years, for spirits 20 years. Very popular are berry wines, for example from Crowberrys (Norwegian Krekling), which are also mixed with herbs. As a national drink (Viking drink) is considered one of the kind mead
produced "Mjød" from honey and herbs.
Svein Hansen founded the "Hallingstad Gård" winery in 1992 near the town of Horten in the district of Vestfold about 100 kilometers south of Oslo near the coast to the Skagerrak and planted 2,000 vines of a Canadian clone of the variety Pinot Noir
, This probably first Norwegian vineyard was at the 60th parallel. Between 1995 and 1999, around 75 crates of wine "L'Esprit d'Edvard Munch" were produced each year. It was named after the well-known Norwegian Expressionist painter Edvard Munch (1863-1944). Every year another picture of him graced the label
, Munch was an excessive drinker, who also worked on the subject of wine in his works, for example with the pictures "Self-portrait with wine bottle" and "Red wild wine".
The second visit was made by the two winemakers Joar Saettem and Wenche Hvattum, who founded the winery "Eventyrvin" and "Lerkekåsa" in 2007 in the small town of Gvarv 150 kilometers southwest of Oslo. The name means "fairy tale wines" and is meant to suggest that wine from Norway actually sounds like a fairy tale. The vineyard covers only 1.5 hectares, including the white wine variety Solaris
cultivated earth. The owners refer to him as "worldwide northernmost vineyard
". In addition, the traditional berry wines are produced.