Sono giornalista in ambito equestre ed enologico e sommelier WSET Level 3.
Lavoro part-time in un wine bar di Stoccolma per tenermi in contatto con la realtà e quello che sta succedendo. Organizzo anche degustazioni e svolgo alcuni lavori di consulenza.
Ho fatto sette raccolti completi in Francia e ho potato e raccolto verdi in Italia. Come scrittore e sommelier, questo mi aiuta a capire e spiegare cosa sia veramente il vino.
Per il vino, la mia passione è sempre stata quella naturale e quella di contestualizzare il vino. È qui che entra in gioco il mio interesse per PIWI: queste uve sono il futuro. Sono gentili con l'ambiente, economici e interessanti per il bevitore; offrono nuovi sapori in un mondo in continua evoluzione. Qui in Svezia, sono una parte ovvia della viticoltura.
Aiuterò il capitolo locale per la Svezia a promuovere l'uva PIWI, a compilare e presentare notizie e diffondere ciò che sta accadendo; essere il ragno nel web per connettere esperienze e organizzare incontri in futuro.

Lena Sarnholm

Ora stiamo lanciando un capitolo locale per la Svezia per promuovere i nostri vini su scala più ampia e collaborare in patria. Unisciti a noi e diventa un membro di PIWI International

Lena Sarnholm


La Svezia dice sì alla vendita di vino nelle aziende agricole

I produttori di vino svedesi avevano tutte le ragioni per celebrare la Giornata nazionale svedese il 6 giugno.
Lunedì è iniziato l'evento di degustazione di vini svedesi; due giorni dopo, il governo ha aperto le tanto attese svendite agricole.

Per prima cosa: dopo anni di indagini, il governo svedese ha avanzato una proposta ineccepibile per consentire le vendite agricole, ovvero ai produttori di vino di vendere i loro vini ai visitatori. La Svezia ha il monopolio degli alcolici dal 1955 e la questione è sempre stata controversa, ma con un numero maggiore di coltivatori commerciali e un crescente interesse per il vino nazionale, il governo ha ora presentato una terza proposta che sembra destinata a diventare realtà nella primavera del 2025.



7 giugno 2024|

L’industria vinicola svedese diventa internazionale

Quest'estate, la Svezia ospiterà la propria “Paris Wine Tasting” in stile 1976, mettendo a confronto i vini svedesi con quelli internazionali. La degustazione fa parte di uno sforzo per commercializzare il vino svedese a livello internazionale. Tutto va sotto il nome La degustazione di vini svedesi 2024.


20 febbraio 2024|

La Svezia sta lavorando per ottenere l'IGP

Soon, Sweden will be able to print exactly where the wine comes from. The work to obtain PGI status is in full swing.
– The idea is to divide the origin according to existing landscapes, says Emma Serner, chairman of the winegrowers‘ trade association.
Since Sweden became an EU official wine country in 1999, development has gone at record speed. Today, there are nearly 200 hectares of vineyards and two years ago SBOV, Sweden’s Branch Organization for Oenology & Viticulture, was formed. Work is now underway with a PGI approval to be able to write, for example, Wine from Skåne instead of Wine from Sweden. Skåne is Sweden’s southernmost region where most of the vineyards are located.
Emma Serner, chairman of SBOV and founder of Långmyre Vinery on Gotland in the Baltic Sea, says:
– We hope to assert ourselves more internationally with a geographical designation of origin. PGI is a quality development.
Work is currently underway to define what distinguishes wines from the various landscapes. The intention is to target quality, not a specific flavor profile.
– We will be liberal so as not to paint ourselves into a corner. The focus is on quality, that the wine has no defects.
Regarding regional differences in terms of terroir, Emma Serner says as an example:
– Here on Gotland, we have calcareous soil, dry weather and a late spring, which leaves a certain mark on the wine. In Skåne, it is windier and more rain, with late, warm autumns.
The hope is to get the PGI system approved in a year or so. Proceeding with PDO may come at a later stage.
– The PDO is much narrower and then we end up on much smaller areas than today’s landscapes. We start with PGI as a way for Swedish wine to market itself.
As far as the assessment is concerned, the ambition is to form a sensory center in collaboration with, among others, the Swedish University of Agriculture.
In Sweden, around 95% of the grapes are PIWI, where Solaris still is the big player. However, more and more attention is directed towards the new generation of PIWI, where especially Kullabergs Vingård is very optimistic about Souvignier Gris, Cabernet Noir and Pinot Nova.
Feb. 2023 Lena Särnholm
17 febbraio 2023|

Grande investimento a Kullaberg – nuova cantina per 100.000 bottiglie

Mentre la vendemmia era ancora in corso, è stato inaugurato l'investimento più importante della Scandinavia nella produzione di vino: una nuova cantina a Kullabergs Vingård con una capacità di 100.000 bottiglie all'anno.

– Le bevande sono una parte importante della gastronomia di Skånes ed è importante che abbiamo persone che osano investire e lavorare sodo, ha affermato il governatore Anneli Hulthén, che ha tagliato il nastro blu e giallo.

L'edificio, progettato dal 2017 con la costruzione iniziata esattamente due anni fa, ricorda un tipico quadrilatero di fattoria locale e, come tutto il resto dell'azienda, ha un focus ambientale.

– Con un telaio in legno lamellare e pareti in legno massiccio, siamo all'altezza dei nostri requisiti di sostenibilità, ha affermato l'architetto Paulina Berglund, anche lei parte della coppia di proprietari dietro Kullabergs Vingård.


18 novembre 2022|

Le medaglie stanno quasi diventando un luogo comune per Fredholms Vingård in Svezia.

They have only 1800 vines and got 96 points at PIWI International Challenge 2022 for their Solaris ”Elsa” – one of ten wines awarded Top Gold. Fredholm Flasche TopGold

Medals are almost becoming commonplace for Fredholms Vingård in Sweden.

– It is the first time that we are submitting wine to a competition solely for PIWI. Previously we’ve wanted to compare ourselves to other wines, says Pär Fredholm at Fredholms Vingård.

The wine „Elsa“, a 100% Solaris that was first released in 2017, has previously been awarded four great golds, five golds and one silver at competitions in Spain, Germany and France. The wine has a couple of days of maceration with one third in French oak barrels before final aging for seven months in steel tanks.

– Internationally, „Elsa“ has always received over 90 points. It’s amazing that it can performs so well everywhere, all the time. Why? I think that part lies in the minerality, the saltiness and the high pH – the acid never becomes aggressive, says Pär Fredholm.

Fredholms Vingård is located, like most wineries in Sweden, in Skåne in the very south. The couple Jenny and Pär Fredholm started in typical Swedish manner on a small scale with red grapes. 25 Rondo cuttings were planted in 2002. Pär Fredholm shakes his head:

– Rondo is not our favorite grape, but at the time everyone here wanted to make red wine. However, it didn’t take long before people realized that the wine from Rondo was not that good, but that white was better suited.

However, he is much more fond of Siramé, which he hopes will get more attention in Sweden.

– It’s a fantastic grape that rarely gets sick. It’s a shame it isn’t more popular. We use it in our rosé together with Rondo, where the latter works better.

Fixed focus is Solaris. The first cuttings were planted in 2008, but it is only from vintage 2017 – the premiere vintage of the prize-winning wine „Elsa“ – that they think they have gotten to know the grape and know how to treat it.

– We prune hard for low yield, around 0.8–1 kilo per log. In the winery, we let the grape skins macerate for a couple of days before fermentation, partly to raise the pH value. Acid is indeed the backbone of all wines, but it can also be the winemaker’s worst enemy.

The 2022 harvest has just finished, and Pär and Jenny Fredholm are satisfied with the vintage, which, however, got off to a tentative start with a cold spring and early summer.

– Then came the heat – but no rain, so some here had problems with stress in their vines. Ours could handle it, so we got a normal maturity and about 13 degrees alcohol, says Pär Fredholm.

Though, he emphasizes the importance of not only looking at Oechsle. You have to look at the whole, not least the phenolic maturity.

To return to „Elsa“ and the structure behind the success. The typical saltiness and minerality – call it energy – which only seems to become more and more prominent, Pär Fredholm finds the answer in the soil. The vineyard has volcanic soil and is located near an old lime quarry.

– Now the roots are starting to dig deep and can reflect the terroir.

And why the name Elsa? After their beloved black labrador of course, always present in the vineyard to contribute positive energy to vines as well as followers on social media.

4 novembre 2022|

Rapporto di vendemmia dalla Svezia: fioritura tardiva – vendemmia tardiva

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 settembre 2022|

Viticoltura svedese con 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 settembre 2022|
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