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The northernmost winery in the world is for sale

Probably the northernmost vineyard in the world is for sale in Gvarv, Norway. After Wenche Hvattum and Joar Sættem in Telemark, the Norwegian fruit-growing region, had been involved in viticulture for ten years, they now want to sell their property including the vineyard.


"The production is not large, but exclusive.", Joar Sættem, owner of the Lerkåsa winery, told NRK the day before yesterday. "We make a rosé, as far as we know, it's the northernmost in the world."

Joar and his partner Wenche planted the first 400 vines in 2008, and the following year they planted 1,300 more. They then experimented with different varieties until they found the vines that could withstand the cold winters. Such a report about the unusual project of the newspaper Dagsavisen from the year 2016.

They found two grape varieties that were suitable for cultivation in Norway: Hasanski Sladki, a red wine variety from Russia that can withstand temperatures down to -35 ° C, and the white wine variety Solaris developed in Freiburg, Germany in 1975.

Joar Sættem told the NRK that he hopes a potential buyer is as crazy as the couple and continues to grow the wine.

The vineyard yields 100 to 150 liters of wine. The Lerkekåsa Winery also has rooms for festivities, holiday homes and sleeping huts that can be rented out.

Sættem, a geologist by profession, and his partner founded viticulture in Norway on the assumption that climate change would accommodate them.

The region around Gvarv is located in a lowland, the local microclimate is the warmest in the country. Traditionally, fruit is grown in the region. There are more than half a million apple trees there.

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