Top 10 extraordinary vineyards

10. Lerkekåsa Vineyard, Gvarv, Norway

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The northernmost commercial vineyard in the world, Norway’s Lerkekåsa is in the apple-producing village of Gvarv near Telemark, (59°40′N; 09°19′E). The vineyard was founded in 2007 by Joar Sættem and Wenche Hvattum, who planted their first grapes in the spring of 2008, with Solaris their grape of choice. A white variety, Solaris was created in 1975 in Germany by Norbert Becker, who crossed the variety Merzling (Seyve-Villard 5276 x (Riesling x Pinot gris)) as mother vine with Gm 6493 (which is Zarya Severa x Muscat Ottonel) as the father vine.

“The soil in the area is rich in minerals from the melted water of the glaciers at Hardangervidda”, says the pair. “The beautiful landscape around Norsjø was created through the melting of the glaciers from the interglacial period some hundred thousand years ago. This makes the soil profile, in which we grow our grapes, very fertile. Located in a small valley in close connection to the lake of Norsjø makes a great climate for producing a great variety of fruit.”

The vineyard welcomes visitors for tasting and overnight stays, with guests able to stay inside its huge 7,600-litre converted wine barrel, which cosily fits two.

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2 Responses to “Top 10 extraordinary vineyards”

  1. John says:

    I feel like I live here 24/7

  2. Silvio says:

    A via ferrata crosses the Bremer Calmont (#2). So you can have a very close look without trespassing.

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