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Valokki

Cloudberry dessert wine

There is no fruit that better expresses the unique spirit of Lapland than cloudberries, and Valokki captures that brilliantly in a wine. Sip it when enjoying traditional Finnish desserts. It goes especially well with leipäjuusto or pancakes.

Winery Process

Grapes are the only fruit that naturally contains every element needed to produce great wine when it is picked, but cloudberries are surprisingly close. We need to compensate for the lower-than-ideal sugar content and adjust the acid, but we can then ferment and process Valokki very similar to how a grape wine is done. By using a high concentration of cloudberries per liter, Valokki achieves a stronger and richer cloudberry flavor than other wines or liquors.

After fermentation is complete, the wine is aged in tanks for four months before being filtered and bottled.

Wine details

  • 10.5% alcohol
    Available in Alko stores throughout Finland - for a limited time only!
  • Sugar is 14% (sweet)
  • 35cl clear bottles with glass closures
  • Clear golden color
  • Best served at cellar temperature 10-13°

Sametti

Bilberry dessert wine

Strong and rich, with an almost port-like character, Sametti is perfect when you want to sip something warming after a meal or when talking with friends. When accompanying desserts, goes well with cheeses like Camembert.

Winery Process

Sametti starts in the Finnish forests, where wild bilberries ripen in the long summer days of July.  They are then picked at the peak of flavor.  That is saying something; the small wild bilberries are packed with far more flavor than the larger, cultivated blueberries.

But even so, it is not easy to turn them into wine.  Bilberries are a difficult fruit to ferment.  Using a typical “fruit wine” method the wine will often turn out thin and with little flavor. We overcome those issues with a proprietary process that includes the use of different sugars and a method that coaxes the yeast to perform well.

The bulk of the fermentation happens on the berries, extracting tannins, flavonoids and very rich color elements from the skins. It is then pressed off the solids and aged in tanks for six month before being filtered and bottled.

Wine details

  • 14% alcohol
    Available at Alko stores throughout Finland!
    Available at Alko stores throughout Finland!
  • Sugar is 15% (sweet)
  • 37.5cl blue bottles with glass closure
  • Deep purple color
  • Best served at room temperature 18-20°C

Red Root

Red Root Finnviini

Beetroot dessert wine

Assertive and earthy, Red Root is sweet enough to be a dessert in itself, or works as an accompaniment with goat cheese.

Winery Process

We extract flavor from Finnish beet roots, then add enough sugar and acid to ferment a balanced wine.

This wine requires a long aging process to let the flavors meld and mellow properly, spending nine months in bulk storage before it is filtered and bottled.

Wine details

  • 14% alcohol
  • Sugar is 10% (semi-sweet)
  • 75cl green bottles with corks
  • Dark red color
  • Best served at cellar temperature 10-13°

Kaamos

Kaamos Finnviini - old label

Lingonberry and Honey Glögi

Kaamos can be served warmed or chilled as an aperitif. Brighter, lighter in body, less sweet and fresher than a traditional glögi. Made with lingonberries, honey and traditional glögi spices.

Winery Process

Kaamos is naturally fermented, not fortified like most alcoholic Glögis being sold. We figure, adding vodka to juice concentrate sounds (and tastes) too much like what you’d expect at a bad university party. No thank you.

Instead, we take a more challenging but better tasting route. Using difficult to ferment Finnish lingonberries, we use our own specially developed method to coax the yeast into producing just the right level of alcohol.

We then add spices, sweeten with Finnish honey, and age for at least a month before filtering and bottling.

Glögi details

  • 5% alcohol
  • 50cl clear screw top bottles
  • Sugar is 13% (semi-sweet)
  • Clear red in color

Kynsilaukka

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Garlic Cooking Wine

Dry white cooking wine used in luxury/prestige dishes. Imparts a richness to foods that only comes from using real wine, as well as an incredible jolt of garlic flavor.

Can be used in sautés, marinades, stews or any recipe that calls for dry white wine.

Winery Process

We begin with fresh garlic – lots and lots of fresh garlic – which is fermented with enough sugar to provide the yeast with food for producing the correct level of alcohol. The raw garlic is worked upon by the active yeast such that the garlic flavor is not simply extracted, but actually subtly changed by the fermentation process to make it both richer and smoother.

The wine is then pressed off the solids, and aged in tanks for three months before being filtered and bottled.

Wine details

  • 12.5% alcohol
  • Sugar is 1.2% (dry)
  • 50cl clear screw top bottles
  • Light straw color

Where to buy

Available by special order from Helsinki Arkadia (Kampi), Espoo Iso Omena or Espoo Tapiola
Available by special order from Helsinki Arkadia (Kampi), Espoo Iso Omena or Espoo Tapiola

 

Recipe: David’s Sautéed Mushrooms

  • 200 g small white mushrooms
  • 30 g butter
  • 30 ml (2 Tbs) Finnviini Kynsilaukka Wine
  • 7 g chopped parsley
  • Salt to taste

Cut mushrooms into quarters. Melt butter in pan over medium-high heat. Add mushrooms and Kynsilaukka. Cook until soft (about 5 minutes). Add parsley and salt, then serve immediately.

Vaapukka

Raspberry dessert wine

To sip after a meal or with a dessert. Very rich, with a tartness from the berries that balances the sugars and cuts through sweetness in the mouth.

Great with chocolate. Or cheesecake. Or chocolate. Or pastries.

Did we mention that it really goes well with chocolate?

Winery Process

Most berry wines are diluted with a high percentage of water. Not Vaapukka where the majority of the liquid volume is pressed from the berries themselves. Fermented cool to create a rich, concentrated flavor and preserve the fresh aroma of the raspberries.

The wine is then pressed off the solids, and aged in tanks for at least four months before being filtered and bottled.

Wine details

  • 12.5% alcohol
  • Sugar is 14% (sweet)
  • 35cl clear bottles with glass closures
  • Deep ruby color
  • Best served at cellar temperature 10-13°C