Category Archives: Dessert wines

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
  • 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°

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