Copenhagen: Wine Designs

Posted on September 25, 2006


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by sabine behrmann
What do you give to someone who has been everywhere, tried everything, and is a bit blasé about new experiences because there isn’t really anything new under the sun?

Try a bottle of Danish red wine. It will at least raise an eyebrow or two. And provoke a certain astonishment. Wineries in Denmark? Who has heard of such a thing?

When the EU officially recognized Denmark – along with Ireland and Sweden – as a wine-producing country in 2000 the news passed largely unnoticed. After all, there is no shortage of wine within the Union, even though Polish farmers have given up their production in Silesia.

But let us not be fooled. Grapes belong to the prestigious crops, unlike barley and hops. Grapes are glamorous and divine, potatoes are not. Grapes appeal to people’s imagination. Beets don’t.

And since the weather conditions have made it possible there are more than 30 Danes who have fulfilled their dream and become full-time professional winegrowers. They produce mainly red wines, most of which they sell at their wineries, whose websites are exclusively in Danish.

However, if you are desperate as I was a couple of weeks ago you can try Copenhagen airport, too. There you can get half a bottle of Nordlund (a vin de table) for about € 25.00. If you are more daring than I was, you can save about € 3.00 by buying one bottle.

It was gratifying to see how thrilled my hosts were. If nothing else none of the people they know had ever tasted Danish wine before. So it’s still something to boast about, even though getting its temperature right turned out to be quite a challenge. That wasn’t entirely the wine’s fault, though. It just isn’t suited for temperatures above 20 degrees Celsius.

It was light and dry and not very interesting in itself.

Its country of origin was what mattered. As long as was exotic we were prepared to make allowances. At least this once.

Photo credit: Dandeelion