Independent Swedish internet wine merchants – a new sales channel

Internet wine shops can sell directly to Swedish consumers and bypass the monopoly

The Swedish wine market is dominated by the monopoly retailer, Systembolaget (just like Alko in Finland and Vinmonopolet in Norway). Since a few years back there are a number of independent internet-based wine merchants selling directly to Swedish consumers. A interesting new channel to market.

Wine shop in Spain

Wine shop in Spain, copyright BKWine Photography

This new feature of the Swedish wine market comes from an EU-ruling a few years back. The alcohol monopoly in Sweden is an exception to the EU free market directive that the Swedish government succeeded to negotiate. The free market directive would normally forbid a monopoly. However, the Swedish government successfully argued that the alcohol monopoly was vital for the public health (a fact that can be questioned with good reason if one looks at statistics).

The EU agreed to let Sweden maintain the monopoly for alcohol retail under one condition: that vendors based in other EU countries (outside of Sweden) would be allowed to sell directly to consumers. All this is of course ring-fenced with many other regulations.

From this has sprung a number of companies that sell wine and spirits over the internet directly to Swedish consumers. The typical set-up is a company created by some Swedish wine enthusiasts or entrepreneurs. They create a company that is based in another EU country (the seller must be based outside of Sweden). Popular countries to base the activity in are neighbouring Denmark and Germany, but also the Balkans and even Malta are used. Malta is actually the legal home base for what seems to be the most successful “Swedish” eshop (run by an Australian).

Shelfing with wine in a Systembolaget shop

Shelfing with wine in a Systembolaget shop, copyright BKWine Photography

They then create an ecommerce site in Swedish with a marketing targeting Swedish consumers. The warehouse where the wine is stored and from where deliveries are made must also be located outside of Sweden.

The EU ruling (and Swedish law) also says that Swedish alcohol duty and VAT must be paid on the products, even if VAT has been paid in the country of origin (where the seller is based). This is contradictory to VAT rules on most other transactions and goods within the EU but is based on an EU court case that has established precedence. Many of the eshops take care of that formality on behalf of the buyer, but others leave it to the buyer to declare the goods and pay taxes to the Swedish government.

This internet commerce in wine, direct to consumers, exists since a few years back and is still very marginal. Probably less than one percent of the wines consumed in Sweden come this route. But it is growing and represents a potentially interesting channel for wine producers or wine merchants in the EU especially since it can be a way to reach customers with quality products made in smaller quantities than what is needed for a listing at the Systembolaget monopoly.

Here is a list of the companies selling wines and spirits directly to the Swedish consumer. It is not a complete catalogue or directory of all Swedish internet wine shops (there is none) but it is a pretty good approximation.

Important: if you are looking for our list of Swedish wine importers, those that primarily sell to the retail monopoly Systembolaget and to restaurants, you can find it here: The Big List of Swedish Wine Importers.

The Big List of “Swedish” Internet Wine Shops

Updated: 29 April 2016

  1. Atomwine, www.atomwine.dk
  2. Bodegashop, www.bodegashop.com
  3. Bonum Vinum, www.bonumvinum.se
  4. Burkbolaget, burkbolaget.com
  5. California Wine Club, californiawineclub.se (*)
  6. Cavarosa, www.cavarosawine.se
  7. Caviste, www.caviste.se
  8. Delinat, www.delinat.se
  9. Domaine Rabiega, www.rabiega.com
  10. Drinko, www.drinko.se – ingen emailadress för kontakt, f.n. nere (1504)
  11. Ewine, www.ewine.dk (*)
  12. Flaskposten, shop.flaskposten.eu
  13. Franska Vinkompaniet, www.franskavinkompaniet.com
  14. Franska Vinlistan, www.franskavinlistan.com (*)
  15. Gaston, gastonvin.se
  16. Handla på vingården, handlapavingarden.se (*)
  17. House of Wine & Spirits, www.wine-and-spirits.se
  18. Idala Vingård, www.idalagard.dk (*)
  19. Invinitum, www.invinitum.com (*)
  20. Italian Wine Bar, www.italianwinebar.se
  21. Italienska Magasinet, www.italienskamagasinet.se (*)
  22. Ivinio, www.ivinio.com
  23. Lauréns Vinhandel, laurensvinhandel.se
  24. Naturligt Vin, www.naturligtvin.com
  25. Personliga Viner, www.personligaviner.se
  26. Roberson Wine, www.robersonwine.se
  27. Scanbolaget, www.scanbolaget.com – nedlagd?
  28. Scandinavian Park, www.scandinavian-park.com/se/
  29. Spritovin, www.spritovin.se – nedlagd?
  30. tegaloB, www.tegalob.com
  31. Terroirviner, terroirviner.com
  32. The Wine Company / Hawesko / Hanseatisches Wein & Sekt Konto, www.the-wine-company.se
  33. Vin och sprit, www.vin-och-sprit.com
  34. Vinboden, www.vinboden.com
  35. Vineo, www.vineo.se
  36. Vingrossen, www.vingrossen.com
  37. Vinlådan, www.vinladan.nu
  38. Vinoch, www.vinoch.se
  39. Vinoteket, vinoteket.se (*)
    även kallat Vintjänsten (f.d. Mark’s Viner, f.d. Australian Wine Club / Antipodes Premium Wines Ltd), som även driver ett antal systerbutiker:

  40. Vinsajten, www.vinsajten.com – nedlagd?
  41. Vinupplevelser, vinupplevelser.se
  42. Winefinder, www.winefinder.dk (*)
  43. Winerepublic, winerepublic.se
  44. Xwine, www.xwine.se (*)

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34 Comments to Independent Swedish internet wine merchants – a new sales channel

  1. Jay December 4, 2012 at 11:08 #

    Hi! I am based in Asia and I was wondering if you would happen to know of any wine shops that can facilitate delivery to a Swedish address as a gift to a friend of mine?

    Thanks!
    Jay

    • Per Karlsson December 5, 2012 at 23:45 #

      Try any of those on the list above. You’ll find that most don’t have wines interesting enough to give as gifts but some do. And all of them normally do home delivery.

    • Hason August 28, 2015 at 23:18 #

      This is a New shop with special offers

  2. Bebert January 15, 2013 at 16:15 #

    Hello,
    I sell organic wines in Sweden.
    But my site is only available in French.
    http://www.levertetlevin.com/

    Regards.

    JM IMBERDIS

    • Per Karlsson January 16, 2013 at 11:45 #

      JM,

      Thanks for the info. However, currently I am limiting the list to those who are specifically targeting Sweden and an important aspect of that is to have the web site in Swedish. Otherwise the list would get very long since virtually anyone within the EU can sell to Sweden, although there may be some legal limitations relating to registering and paying taxes.

      -Per

      • Bebert January 16, 2013 at 13:31 #

        Thank’s for the answer.

  3. elie abboud July 15, 2013 at 12:13 #

    hi there
    we are looking for new markets and new countries over the world and especially Sweden to sale our product our wine is from the middle east LEBANON good taste and fine leaves from France we had many European certification and many awards .
    if there any body interested don’t hesitated to contact us and we are looking to have good Swedish partner and have good business
    regards
    general manger
    Elie abboud

  4. Omar August 12, 2013 at 23:56 #

    Hello !

    Great article ! Ever heard of http://www.bodegashop.com ? Seems ligid and great but why ask for social security number to order ? Probably to make sure you’re scandinavian but seems weird to me ? Any feedback on that one ?

    Cheers !

  5. Mahlgr February 20, 2014 at 13:00 #

    Hj, i have one more Site found. http://www.drinkexport.com

    best regards

    • Per Karlsson February 20, 2014 at 13:38 #

      That does not look like a serious and real business.

      • Mahlgr February 20, 2014 at 13:49 #

        Why? I have buy bottles. Transport 5 days.

        • Per Karlsson February 20, 2014 at 15:23 #

          @ Mahlgr – Well, the design looks very amateurish, not as if it is a proper company who has made it. It looks rather like a spam site actually. The language is incredibly poor. Full of errors and in some places impossible to understand. There is no info about who this company actually is.

          Perhaps it is a real business but everything looks like it is not.

          But I am glad that it worked for you!

          (unless of course you are actually related to the “company”, which is also a possibility)

      • Bebert February 20, 2014 at 14:25 #

        …and I just have a lokk at the french wine. There’re just “shit wines”… Please don’t drink that. Your stomach will thank me. 😉

  6. 50style April 21, 2014 at 13:30 #

    Thanks for sharing this list. But is it legal to import sprit to sweden?

  7. sven April 21, 2014 at 13:55 #

    Övrigt

     Är det lagligt att privatimpotera för eget bruk ? Ja, Sverige förlorade striden om nätspriten i EU:s domstol. Domen presenterades på tisdagsförmiddagen (5/6 2007) och slår fast att det svenska

  8. Helene July 22, 2014 at 17:20 #

    Can you please advise which company would deliver wine to Svarstsjo (approx £25 -£35)

    Thanks

    • Per Karlsson July 22, 2014 at 17:28 #

      Did you try any?

      • Helene July 23, 2014 at 14:29 #

        I was trying to book wine through our UK agent but they have told me it is not possible due to partial prohibition – Is this the case?

        Do you know of any reputable companies that would send wine to this area?

        Thank you

        • Per Karlsson July 23, 2014 at 14:44 #

          “partial prohibition”, your UK agent seems not to quite know what he is talking about.

          Why don’t you try any of those on the list? And let us know if it works.

          If it is legal also depends on if you are acting as a private individual (legal under certain conditions) or if you are acting as a business/company (has to go through an importer/get an import license).

    • Bebert July 22, 2014 at 17:34 #

      Where’s Svarstsjo? I don’t find this town…. Sweden?

      • Helene July 23, 2014 at 14:27 #

        Svarstsjo is in Sweden – thanks

        • Bebert July 23, 2014 at 15:04 #

          As you’re in Sweden, I can send you wine. But only if you’re an individual. Not to a company. And maximum 33 bottles.
          See here: http://levertetlevin.com/

        • Jennifer April 26, 2015 at 06:50 #

          Hi,

          We can also send plum brandy from Serbia to Swedish address, unlimited quantity.

          http://www.tastebrandy.com

          • Per Karlsson March 13, 2017 at 09:25 #

            For information, we have had an email regarding this from “Dijana, Marketing, Taste Brandy Team”, using a generic gmail address, with the following contents:

            “Dear Madam/ Sir,

            We found a post on your blog mentioning our name: http://www.bkwine.com/features/more/swedish-internet-wine-merchants/

            Certain person named herself Jennifer left a post that we, tastebrandy can ship unlimited quantities of spirits to Sweden. Unfortunately, this is not true, we are very limited in delivering alcohol to Sweden. Someone obviously had a bad intention. There is no Jennifer in our team.

            In order not to misinform further your visitors, please just remove the post.

            Best regards,

            Dijana
            Marketing
            Taste Brandy Team”

            I do not know which of the two is correct.

  9. Elie abboud July 23, 2014 at 14:44 #

    Hello we are interested to send our wine to Sweden our product is from lebanon if anyone is interested don’t hesitate to contact us or inbox us 0096170131462 /ea_worldwild@hotmail.com

  10. Mathias December 1, 2014 at 15:20 #

    I can`t believe it. Thats a big problem that shops can sell wine and beer online

  11. Michael Lang January 25, 2015 at 21:46 #

    Hello everybody,
    we ship best german wine from the region of the AHR all over europe. Our favorite wine is the Spätburgunder/Pinot Noir and there Blanc de noir. Please take a look. Regards and all the best from germany Micha

  12. tess December 17, 2015 at 02:58 #

    Does anyone know who can send french champagne and flowers together in Stockholm Sweden?!

    Thank you

    • Per Karlsson December 17, 2015 at 09:43 #

      No Tess, I don’t think so. that would have to be sent from abroad and that would make it hard to do it with flowers…

    • Bebert December 17, 2015 at 10:26 #

      As Per said, it will be hard to find flowers AND Champagne together.
      I just can send Champagne…

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