Skåne boils, ferments, bubbles and hisses with juice, mulled wine, apple juice, wine, champagne, schnapps and beer. It has long been acknowledged that people from Skåne have a fondness for good food. But did you realise that we also have an excellent nose for the finest drinks? Feel free to give it a try!
The world's third-largest spirits brand ABSOLUT is produced exclusively in Åhus, Skåne. The soft grainy character of ABSOLUT derives from Skåne's rolling fields of winter wheat, which have proved to be ideal for the production of this quality vodka.
Saturnus in Malmö knows how to mix drinks and is a market leader in terms of Swedish punch, liqueurs and mulled wine extract. The company is also responsible for famous schnapps brands such as Skärgårdssnapsar and Piratens besk, as well as Kallsupen aquavit.
Traditional herring dishes of Skåne are best enjoyed with Skåne schnapps. Malmö Aquavit offers exciting spices including cumin from Slottsparken. Malmö company Symposion is responsible for this spiced spirit. Två Bryggare in Österlen is a family business with a sense of Skåne beer. Their unique drinks Farfars Svagdricka, Skånsk Klassiker and football beer Di Blåes öl are only available in Skåne.
Stockeboda microbrewery dates back to the time when Skåne was part of Denmark and the farm was originally built as a hunting lodge in one of the most beautiful locations in Österlen. Babbling streams flow through deciduous forests and rolling fields. In 2008, the owners opened the microbrewery. A popular beer festival is also held here every year.
From Bjäre Hembygd's new potato farm on the Bjärehalvön peninsula comes the world's first new potato vodka. The character of this vodka differs from year to year because the taste of the potatoes changes according to the soil and weather, something that is reflected in the taste of the vodka.
Skåne's 'Elkschnaps' is a tribute to the king of the forest, the elk. Darom in Malmö produces this drink, with its unique taste and packaging. Twenty five selected spices and herbs from the kingdom of the elk give the schnapps its character. Packed in elk bullet-shaped bottles. Kullabygdens Musteri is constantly expanding its range with new flavours and blends and during apple season from 1 September, you can bring your own apples here, weigh them and buy ready-made apple juice at a reduced price. So you can exchange apples for ready-made apple juice.
At Kiviks Musteri and Äpplets hus, you can stroll around the apple orchards, sample freshly squeezed juices and buy cider, juice, soup, jam and much more. Henric Åkessons Vinhus is surrounded by rows of apple trees. Here you can enjoy the apple blossom from early spring, and later on the lovely greenery and thousands of apples. Visit the café or restaurant, cider and gift shop, apple orchard and exhibition of knowledge about apple varieties and cultivation for the whole family. Henric Åkessons Vinhus imports wine and also produces its own wine, champagne, cider, mulled wine and mulled castle wine.
A beer flavoured with hops grown on site can be enjoyed at Humletorkan in scenic Näsum. There is also a café where you can see how the old drying facility looked.
Helsingborg is home to Zoégas, the coffee house with history. Since the 1800s, it has specialised in dark roast coffee and is currently the market leader in the field. In the Zoégas shop on Drottninggatan, you can enjoy the aromas and flavours of freshly ground coffee beans.
The spring water from Ramlösa Brunnspark was known as being beneficial long before the health spa was officially inaugurated in 1707. Today, the mineral water is bottled, but you can still get a sense of history during a visit to Brunnsparken and its beautiful gardens.
At Backafallsbyn's whisky bar, you can sample whisky from most of the world's 500 or so distilleries.
Hällåkra Vingård is a genuine vineyard with its own cultivation and winery for both red and white wine. It produces 8000-10.000 litres of wine per year and also imports quality wines from Italy and France. You can visit during spring or summer evenings to sample the vineyard's own wine grapes, Solaris and Bolero. The popular wine Hällåkra Rondo is part of Systembolaget's exclusive range, is stored in American oak barrels and can also be sampled at the vineyard.
Kronovalls Vinslott in Österlen enjoys a wonderful location. Here you can stay in beautifully-furnished rooms, and the renowned restaurant Petri Pumpa focuses on first-class local raw ingredients. Henric Åkesson's champagenoise Tirage is stored in the castle's wine cellar and you can take a guided tour among the tens of thousands of bottles sitting maturing.
Hallongården in Bodarp near Trelleborg grows raspberries, gooseberries and blueberries. It produces juices, jams, mulled wine, etc. and the drinks are made from cold-pressed juices with only sugar added. Farm shop and café.
Spirit of Hven is located in Backafallsbyn on the island of Ven outside Landskrona. Paradise for anyone who loves whisky. Visit the distillery for a guided tour and a whisky tasting. There is also a restaurant and a hotel for those who wish to stay overnight.
Sövde Musteri in Sjöbo and Kivikås in Kivik produce juice from the fruit they grow themselves, local growers or from private individuals who bring their fruit to be turned into juice. Kivikås also grows pears, plums and cherries in and around Kivik and makes delicious juice, completely free from additives or chemicals. Both have their own farm shops.
Flädergården in Vinslöv near Kristianstad grows its own elderberries and produces juice that is sold in its own farm shop. Also has a café, spa and conference centre.
Havängsprodukter in Österlen is best known for its fine Österlen mustard, but also makes juice and jelly from elderflower.
Malmö Brygghus in the old Richters brewery in central Malmö brews hoppy lager with a pleasant malt sweetness and strong foam, among other things. Pub serving its own beers.