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Favourite picks from the Altia wine range

Tasting wines at a wine show can be a challenge. BKWine’s reporter in Gothenburg, Mattias Schyberg, dived right in when the Finnish wine import and distribution giant Altia Corporation came to Gothenburg to present their full range of wines to the press and restaurant people. Here are his favourite picks with some added bonuses. I […]

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Sales of other fortified wine by Systembolaget in Sweden

Emergency Alarm: We no longer drink sweet and fortified wines

Why do we no longer drink sweet wines? The Swedish monopoly Systembolaget recently presented the market situation for sweet wines and fortified wines in Sweden. It is catastrophic. And perhaps illustrative of what happens in other countries too. Sweet wines disappearing? Over 25 years the consumption of sweet wines has fallen by around 85%. In […]

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Cherry-picking in the Domaine range

Domaine Wines is a leading Swedish wine importer. They recently presented their range to the specialised press. BKWine Magazine’s reporter Tobias Karlsson reports on the best finds. If you have not been tasting and drinking wine in for quite a while then a tasting of a wine importer’s range is maybe something that does not […]

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Italy, Portugal, Germany, USA and Austria at Handpicked Wines

Two years ago, my overall impression from Handpicked’s range tasting was very positive.  It focused on smaller producers who had “something extra” that can make the difference in a large wine selection. (Handpicked Wines is a Swedish importer specialising in wines from small-ish producers.) It was therefore with great expectations that I looked forward to […]

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Two new wine importers (in Sweden): Brix and Eletheria

We continue to keep our Big List of Swedish Wine Importers updated. I have just just received two tips on new wine importers: Brix Wine Consultants and Eletheria Wine Group. Two small importers but that might be interesting to take a look at. Brix Wine Consultants Brix seems to be a very discreet importer. They […]

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Five new wine importers

If you want to sell wine to Sweden you will need to go through an importer. At least if you want to sell through the monopoly retail shops or to restaurants. (Another option is internet wine sales direct to consumers that does not require an importer.) There are many, many importers in Sweden. I believe […]

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Swedish vineyard receives medal at the International Wine Challenge in London

One of the wine world’s most important competitions, the International Wine Challenge in London, was held in early December. The Swedish winery Vingården i Klagshamn (“The Vineyard in Klagshamn” in Southern Sweden) won bronze medals for two of it wines. One wine was Phantasmagoria 2013. This wine is made from late harvested Solaris grapes, fermented […]

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Swedish Top Gold Medal at the Fourth PIWI Wine Awards 2014

The Swedish winery Gute Vingård, situated on the island of Gotland in the Baltic sea, recently won a Top Gold Medal in the Fourth International PIWI Wine Awards in Germany. This is a wine competition for wines made from fungus-resistant grapes (PIWI stands for the pilzwiderstandsfähige rebsorten). The aim of competition is to make consumers […]

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Good year for Swedish wine growers

The beautiful summer in Sweden this year has given the Swedish wine growers a long-awaited perfect harvest. Lauri Pappinen at Gutevin announces that he has picked around 7000 kilos of grapes from his vineyards around Näsudden in the south west part of the island of Gotland. This is the best harvest ever experienced at Näsudden. […]

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Systembolaget’s profit Q1-Q3 = SEK 297 million

For the first three quarters of 2014 Systembolaget (the Swedish alcohol retail monopoly) made a profit (operating result) of 297 million kronor (32 million euro), a substantial increase over last year, according to a press release from the company. Systembolaget’s revenues (turnover) was for the first nine months in 2014 SEK 19.2 billion (2 bn […]

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A new Barrique Restaurant in Gothenburg

We have enjoyed Barrique Restaurant & Wine Bar at their different locations in Gothenburg. Recently a new Barrique Restaurant opened on Berzelii street. We had dinner there just a few weeks after the opening and we were not disappointed. Not this time either. We have never been disappointed with Barrique. The concept here at Berzeliigatan […]

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The orangerie at Moet & Chandon in Epernay

Why does champagne cost so much?

A champagne lunch for, maybe, 1500–2000 euro Champagne always carries a not insignificant price tag. As with everything, “expensive” is a question of each one’s personal assessment. One thing is certain: there are no other wines that are marketed with so much money. It is in many ways a meaningless question if a wine is […]

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Welcome to Blaxta Winery in Sweden

We received some news from one of the Swedish vineyards the other day. Blaxsta Winery in Sörmland, south of Stockholm, is probably the most rewarded of the Swedish vineyards. Göran Amnegård, owner and winemaker, says that three of Blaxtas Vidal Ice Wine has received over 97 points by Robert Parker and a gold medal in […]

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Why do the wine importers hide behind multiple names?

In a recent article here on BKWine Magazine on the largest wine importers (in Sweden) I speculated about why many of the largest wine importers have several subsidiaries. In some it become a maze of companies, each headed (fully or partially) by the same people but under different company names. The four most thorny wine […]

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What you need to do to sell your wines better in Sweden

BKWine interviewed in the Italian magazine WineMeridian The Italian online magazine WineMeridian has just published an interview with us on how better to sell wines in Sweden. Or to put it in another way, we explain a bit about how the Swedish wine market works and the market dynamics that there are. The interview published […]

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Sculpture on the facade of Systembolaget head office, the Thule House

Systembolaget’s Code of Ethical Conduct

We recently wrote about the Swedish State monopoly Systembolaget’s Code of Conduct for “ethical” wines. We were, however, not totally correct when we said that “Systembolaget […] adopted a few years back a so-called code of conduct. This means that they demand that wines purchased from risk countries come from producers who comply with certain […]

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Sales of organic wines (in Sweden)

The sales of organic products at the Swedish state alcohol monopoly are targeted to be 10% of total sales by 2020. That is the target set by the Swedish state (i.e. the owner). Organic wine best-sellers today are, not surprisingly, four bag in boxes: Gosa Monastrell from Spain with 1,5 million sold litres (“gosa” is […]

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Ethically labelled wines at the Swedish Systembolaget

Systembolaget, the Swedish state monopoly for wine and other alcoholic beverages, adopted a few years back a so-called code of conduct. This means that they demand that wines purchased from risk countries come from producers who comply with certain rules regarding conditions for people working in the vineyard. Risk countries are South Africa, Chile and […]

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Recommendations for wine bars in Stockholm?

I am about to go to Stockholm for a few days and have to fill the days with something. What better than to explore all the wine bars in Stockholm? It seems to have cropped up a lot of new wine bars in Stockholm in recent years (if not months). I asked for advice and […]

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