Sweden’s NYHAMNSLGE –At Kullabergs Vingrd, a vineyard and winery at the forefront of producers looking to redefine what Swedish wine. May be, a fresh North Sea breeze rushes. Through the vines in the middle of the afternoon in the late summer.
Scandinavia isn’t precisely considered a top wine region by aficionados, and its commercial vineyards. Are still quite small in comparison to those in France, Italy, or Spain. But the aroma of Swedish wines is ripening wonderfully due to climate change. Which is resulting in warmer and longer growing seasons and new grape types adapted to this environment.
Swedish winemaking is changing from largely small-scale production to larger-scale operations as drought, rising temperatures, and other extreme weather occurrences force traditional wine-growing regions to reevaluate their practices.
The majority of the vines on Kullabergs Vingrd, which covers 14 hectares (about 34 acres), were planted less than ten years ago. The winery produced over 30,000 bottles of wine annually by 2022. Predominantly whites that are served in high-end restaurants throughout the world, from Europe to Japan to Hong Kong. Several international honors have also been given to these wines.
“Where vineyards in more traditional countries are suffering, we are gaining momentum,” said Felix hrberg, a 34-year-old oenologist and winemaker who returned to Sweden in 2017 to lead Kullabergs Vingrd in vineyards all over the world after working there.
Grapevines can withstand heat and drought, and irrigation-free farming has historically been practiced in some regions of Europe. But the earth has experienced its warmest years on record during the last ten years, and further warming is predicted. That may affect wine, as even slight weather changes can alter the sugar, acid, and tannin content of grapes.
Climate change may make it harder to grow grapes in places that were once suitable for them. Extreme heat causes grapes to develop more quickly, which can result in earlier harvests that may compromise quality or, if allowed to ripen for an long time, stronger, unbalanced wines.