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June 08, 2010

Please meet a Swedish winery - Ahus Vingard

Part 2 of my interview with Ronny Persson, Åhus Vingården:

Q: How did 2009 go for Åhus Vingården?
A: We were able to get white, red and rosé wine. 2009 was not a warm year, but still, some varieties did ripen well. From the green variety Solaris we were able to make a good wine and the blue grape Leon-Millot gave a nice rosé wine.

Q: Which result did you achieve with your 2nd commercial vintage?
A: 2009 gave more powerfull wines, compared to 2008. Certainly a consequence of the vines ageing, but also because we focussed more on good pruning.

Q: Last week Systembolaget (the Swedish monopoly) has launched your wines of 2009. Which wines were included?
600 bottles Aose Rose at 129 sek (ca 13 €) per 50 cl bottle. A fresh wine, made of Leon Millot and Rondo, with good acidity and body. Fits best to food with some acidity or saltiness. 200 bottles still available at time of this interview.

120 bottles Mäster John Solaris. 50 cl a 179 SEK (ca 18€). A really good wine that has a little of a good French Sauvignon Blanc. A perfect match to fresh asparagus and some Parmesan cheese. Sold out completely.

180 bottles Perssons Barrique 2008. 50 cl a 199 SEK (ca 20€). A medium-bodied red wine with berry tones, some vanilla and licroice. Sold out completely.

Q: Will there be more wines launched within the next months? Perhaps to Åhus winefest in August?
A: We'll come out with another wine made of Solaris. A off-dry wine. Most likely at the winefest and at the monopoly in Limhamn, outside Malmö.

Q: Same time last year, you launched your very first commercial wine. 240 bottles were sold out within 2 weeks. So this year was a similiar success?
A: This year we sold 900 bottles within 1 week.

Q: Can your wine be bought in any store (of the monopoly) within Sweden?
A: No. In Åhus only.

Q: Can your wine be bought directly from you at the winery?
A: No, not yet. Maybe next year.

Q: Can your wine be tasted at the winery?
A: You can taste it at the restaurant Rökeriet, our immediate neighbors. They have the alcohol license and we cooperate with them.

Q: You offer guided tours of the vineyard. Is that for groups only or can we come individually? Do you have some kind of open tastings?
A: So far, we offer group tours only. Once it will be possible to sell our wine from the winery, we might establish a daily tour at a certain, fixed time of the day during the summer.

Q: You seem to believe that the legislation will change and that you and other wineries in the country will get permission to sell your own wine directly from the winery?
A: Yes, we really hope for that.

Q: Åhus Vingård is special for the way it is organizes. Tell us a bit...
- Who ownes it?
A: That is me.

Q: - Are you also the winemaker?
A: No, that is Göran Tufvesson

We further have 130 subscribers, who each rent their row of vines. They all help with the work outside in the vineyard and in the winery. Göran Tufvesson is responsible for the winery, my wife Gunilla Persson for the visitors arrangements and Per Persson runs the vineyard. Me myself, I am involved a litte everywhere and work with the launch of our products.

Q: Are there any plans for expansion?
A: Most likely yes - once we can sell directly from the winery.

Q: What is your vision for Åhus Vingården?
A: To create a special experience for the people who are visiting us. We want our guests to take home something new they learned while staying with us. We want to teach people to see a wine as the spice to the food. And to learn that it pays off with more expensive wine in a bottle instead of drinking cheap BiB wine. To drink better wine in smaller quantities.

Q: What is the biggest fun for you to make wine?
A: That is when I have people infront of me, tasting our wine and turning all silent, when they discover that this actually is a really good wine.

Ronny, thank you so much for taking your time! Congratulations on selling your wines so quickly!

For more on Swedish wines, read here.

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