When you think of the great wine-making regions of Europe, Sweden probably isn't the first country that springs to mind. The long winters of this northern climate mean that, historically, wine production in the country has never really taken off. Instead, Sweden and the rest of Scandinavia are usually thought of as beer or spirits countries.
But that's changing. Since the 1990s, wineries have been growing in Sweden. And the diversity and complexity of Swedish wine may surprise you. Drop off your bags at a Bounce luggage storage, and you'll find that Stockholm is the perfect place to explore this lesser-known wine-making region.
And while Sweden may not benefit from a Mediterranean climate, Stockholm offers wine tasting experiences that are well worth having. A rainy day in Stockholm is a great excuse to drink red wine in a cozy bar, and the city also has wine tours that can help you enjoy exquisite wines paired with the best Stockholm food so you can really get to grips with the flavors of the country. These tours are some of the best things to do at night in Stockholm, and who knows? A Stockholm wine tasting experience may just be the highlight of your trip to Sweden.
Nordic Wine Tastings
Unless you're a real connoisseur, you probably don't know a great deal about Swedish wine. That's where Nordic Wine Tastings comes in. Identifying themselves as a wine school, this is the perfect place to learn more not just about Swedish wines but about wine from all over the world.
Nordic Wine Tastings offers a stunning range of courses, with some of them leading to international certification. There are plenty of other courses you can take for fun. They also offer exciting cheese and wine tastings that cater to more basic tastes, so you don't need to walk away with qualifications. Then again, if you are interested in getting certified, that's an option here too. Class size is limited to a maximum of 14 people, so you'll get plenty of individual attention and soon find yourself becoming an expert in the world of wine.
Grev Turegaten 45, 114 38 Stockholm
The Winery Hotel
Stockholm may not have the ideal climate for wine growing, but that hasn't stopped this enterprising business. The Winery Hotel is, as the name suggests, both a hotel and winery, and they make their own wine on-site using grapes harvested in Tuscany. Producing 10,000 bottles a year, this is a serious operation, and you can learn more about the production process with a private tour of the winery that will teach you how this unusual business got its start and where they are headed in the steadily growing market of Swedish wine.
Visit at harvest time in the fall, and the hotel really comes alive. This is the best time to enjoy incredible Stockholm food paired with the best wine around, and you can even participate in the production process by stomping out the grapes for yourself. But whenever you visit, you'll be able to take advantage of an excellent wine tasting experience.
Rosenborgsgatan 20, 169 74 Stockholm
Located a little outside the center of Stockholm, Stockholm WineLab offers the same wine certification courses you'll find at Nordic Wine Tasting. They also offer cheese and wine tastings for those who just want to enjoy the experience without worrying about learning too much.
But what makes Stockholm WineLab so special is their private wine tastings. You can book a session for yourself or for a group of up to 20 people, and they'll tailor the experience exactly to your taste. With more than 1,000 different wines on offer, they're sure to have something you'll love. They also have an extensive range of Swedish cheeses that make the perfect accompaniment to your wine.
Whether you're looking for a certification course or just want to try some delicious Swedish wine, Stockholm WineLab is definitely worth a visit.
Kungsbroplan 1, 112 27 Stockholm
Stockholm Wine Club
This organization aims to provide a great wine tasting experience without the pretension. If you don't know a lot about wine, it can be intimidating to rub shoulders with experts, but Stockholm Wine Club aims to demystify the world of wine and focus on the fun.
The Club offers a variety of wine tasting evenings built around different themes. For example, there's the red wine tasting, ideal for those who like to drink red wine, or the wine and vegetarian food pairing. There are a couple of different champagne tastings, a wine and chocolate pairing, and even a wine and licorice event. Ultimately, this club aims to show you a new type of wine tasting experience, and they succeed admirably at that. They also offer a deep dive into the culinary history of Sweden, which allows you to try ancient recipes of both food and drink to get a sense of what Sweden ate in times gone by.
Drottning Kristinas väg 24, 114 28 Stockholm
One of Stockholm's top wine bars, Ambar offers an unusual wine tasting experience. Located just a short distance outside Stockholm's historic Old Town, this is a wine bar and restaurant with a firm focus on wine tasting. But they also set themselves apart by focusing on amber-colored drinks.
This means they have a huge selection of orange wine, which is essentially white wine produced the way the red wine is, with the grape skins left in. This gives the wine its amber color, and it's a type of wine that's becoming increasingly popular.
But Ambar isn't just a wine bar. They also serve up some of the best Swedish food you'll find anywhere in Stockholm, so you can pair your wine with some traditional dishes. The restaurant is open for both lunch and dinner, so you can enjoy a meal here even if you're not interested in tasting any wine.
Whether you're looking for a traditional wine tasting experience or something a little different, Ambar is definitely worth a visit.
Tomtebogatan 22, Stockholm
This wine bar is located in the heart of Stockholm's Södermalm district. As with Ambar, Grus Grus focuses on wine tastings, but they also have a fantastic selection of Swedish food. This makes it the perfect place to stop for a meal and try out some of the best wines Sweden has to offer.
The wine list at Grus Grus is impressive, with both Swedish and international wines on offer. But what really sets this place apart is the staff. They're all extremely knowledgeable about wine and are always happy to help you find the perfect bottle.
Karlbergsvägen 14, 113 27, Stockholm
Located 15 minutes outside of Stockholm itself, this is another winery that's well worth a visit. Like the Winery Hotel, Hogberga Gard imports grapes from Tuscany to make their own vintage and was the first Stockholm winery to make wine in this way.
They offer a range of wine tours and wine tastings, from a half-day tour of the winery to see how the drink gets made to a selection of Tuscan wine tasting events. If you want something really memorable, try their Winemaker for a Day experience. After learning more about the different grape varieties and production methods, you'll be invited to create your own wine by mixing different blends, giving you a truly one-of-a-kind bottle to take home with you.
Grindstigen 5-6, 181 62, Lidingö
One of Sweden's oldest wineries is also one of the most northern vineyards in the world. Blaxta Wine is a working winery that also has a high-end restaurant and an on-site hotel, so you can take a private tour of the winery, try some of the best wine and Stockholm food around, and even stay a night or two to enjoy the more rural atmosphere.
Their wine list includes both Swedish and international wines, so you can find something to suit your taste. But what really sets this place apart is the location. Set in the stunning Stockholm countryside, it's the perfect place to relax and enjoy some of the best wine Sweden has to offer.
They offer a variety of events throughout the year besides the walking tour of the vineyard. Check out the Seafood Festival and the Truffle Festival to learn what wines pair best with these iconic food items. This is the perfect place to try the unique flavors of Swedish wine, including ice wine made with grapes that freeze on the vine in the cold winters. You won't find the same wine anywhere else, so this is definitely a place worth visiting for wine lovers in Stockholm.
Blaxsta Gård, 742 91, Fjugesta
French Wine Tasting at Royal Park
This is a wine tasting experience with a difference. Located in the stunning Royal Park, you can learn all about French wine while enjoying views of the park and the city skyline.
During the summer months, they offer a range of different wine tastings, from Champagne to Provence wines. You can also enjoy a selection of cheese and bread to accompany your wine. This is the perfect place to relax and enjoy some of the best French wines in Stockholm. The events are in English, so there is no need to worry about a language barrier while you learn more about the rich world of French wine. Combined with some of the best Stockholm food, it's an excellent way to make the most of your trip to the city.
Kungliga Djurgården, 115 21, Stockholm
Natural Mystics Wine Festival
One way you can tell that the Swedish wine industry is going from strength to strength is the existence of Sweden's very first natural wine festival. Taking place in Stockholm in June, this festival is dedicated to organic and natural wine produced with a minimum of processing to capture the natural tastes of Swedish winemaking.
You can expect to find over 30 different wineries represented at the festival, as well as a range of food stalls offering local produce. This is the perfect place to try something new and explore the world of natural wine. With live music and a relaxed atmosphere, it's also a great way to spend a day in Stockholm with friends.
Tegnergaten 4, Stockholm
As you can see, there's a lot more to the Swedish wine scene than you might initially think. While the country isn't blessed with the kind of climate that makes wine production easy, Swedish wine has come a long way in a short period of time, and it's well worth taking the opportunity to explore this underrated region and enjoy the unique wines they have to offer.
If you can find time after all the wine tasting, check out our guide on how to spend three days in Stockholm to learn about all the great things there are to do in the city. Stockholm has so much to see and experience that you could spend a very busy few days exploring the city and still not see it all.
That's why it's important to travel light. Drop off your bags at a Bounce luggage storage, and you'll be able to enjoy everything that Stockholm has to offer, including some really unique wine tastings.