If wine or beer is not you forte, or if you simply are curious about the aromas in our south Swedish distilleries, there are plenty of places to visit that will give you an insight in how our hard liquor producers make such great tasting alcoholic beverages.
Vodka, aqua vitae, whiskey and schnapps - Skåne has a long tradition of liquor production. It all started way back in 1349, when a certain Hennichinus was granted royal permission to distill alcohol, in order for it to be used in the production of gunpowder. But sometimes things take their own turns, and the gunpowder-ingredient became a very appreciated beverage instead. With its fertile soils and rich agricultural heritage, Skåne is characterized by billowing barley fields and large potato plantations - the main ingredients in liquor production. Today, the small province is home to no less than three renowned vodka distilleries and has also given name to Skåne Akvavit, one of the most popular schnapps brands in Sweden.
We’ve put together a list of the most famous and accessible distilleries in the region that offer tastings, guided tours and that you simply should not miss out on.
Absolut Vodka is an internationally very well-known brand in the spirits industry that had its global breakthrough in the 80’s. Thanks to consistent and creative marketing as well as being a genuine high quality product, Absolut Vodka is today the third best selling vodka brand in the world after Smirnoff and Bacardi. The characteristic bottle has always been at the center of attention and has been painted and reinterpreted by famous artists like Andy Warhol and Keith Haring. What is perhaps lesser known is the fact that Absolute Vodka is a Scanian affair, and that the whole production takes place in Skåne, in the small village of Åhus on the eastern coast to be specific. In this small village, more than one hundred million liters of this clear and crisp liquor is produced every year. In the summertime, guided tours are arranged at the visitor’s center in Åhus.See opening hours on Absolut 's website Read more
Spirit of Hven Backafallsbyn
Spirit of Hven Backafallsbyn
On the island of Hven, located in the strait of Öresund (the waters dividing Denmark and Sweden), lies Spirit of Hven - a distillery, and hotel, a gourmet restaurant and a pub. This place is a whiskey-lovers dream come true -the whiskey bar serves over 500 different types of whiskeys and is considered one of the best in Sweden and the whiskey that is produced on site has won several awards. Tastings and tours can be booked in advance, and the gin, vodka, aquavit and whiskey of the house can be enjoyed in the restaurant in Backafallsbyn.Check out more on Spirit of Hven Backafallsbyn's website Read more
Purity Vodka, the most awarded ultra-premium vodka in the world, is manufactured in a small-scale distillery next to Ellinge Castle,inte heart of Skåne. Daring to stand out from the crowded cluster of mainstream vodka, Purity Vodka has not been made to please everyone - it is full-bodied, complex and loaded with character, while at the same time being smooth and sophisticated. It is not only delicious but also organic, made from exclusive wheat and barley grown in Skåne’s fertile fields. Guided tours of the distillery and Ellinge Castle can be booked in advance.Read more on Purity Vodka's website Read more
This unique high end vodka is made from fresh spring potatoes grown on the Bjäre peninsula in western Skåne. Based on top quality produce and a meticulous craft in the production process, the result is an award-winning vodka with an outstanding taste. The liquor is destilled in the Gripsholms Destillery.
In Sweden, all alcoholic beverages containing over 3,5% alcohol by volume are sold through the government owned chain of liquor stores called Systembolaget, which literary translates to "the System Company". To buy alcoholic beverages at Systembolaget, one has to be 20 years of age or older, whereas the age limit for ordering alcohol in bars and restaurants is 18. The reason for this governmental monopoly is the aim to control and reduce the damages caused by overconsumption and to promote a moderate drinking culture. Systembolaget with its characteristic green sign can be found in central locations in most Swedish cities.