Climate change and uncertainty surrounding wine production in Southern Europe inspired us to establish Thorbjørnrud Vineyard. Our location near Randsfjorden, with sunny exposure and nutrient-rich soil, is ideal for organic grape cultivation. In June 2022, we planted our first grapevines, including Solaris, Rondo, Pinot Noir, Riesling, Chardonnay, and Felicia. This gives us the potential to produce red wine, white wine, rosé wine, sparkling wine, and even dessert wine.
In May 2023, we expanded the vineyard with additional Solaris and Pinot Noir grapevines, bringing the total to 6000 grapevines. Our goal is to produce 20,000 bottles of quality wine annually, with the first harvest in 2024.
You might be wondering how our grapevines survive the winter?
Towards the end of autumn, as temperatures drop, the grapevines shed their leaves and begin preparing for winter dormancy. They do this by undergoing a process called "wood maturation," where green shoots transform into wood. The stored energy helps them through the winter. During the preparation for winter dormancy, the plants dehydrate themselves and accumulate sugars and proteins that act as a kind of "coolant." This protects the cell structure from damage caused by ice crystals at low temperatures. Many of the grape varieties we cultivate, such as Solaris, are specifically developed to better withstand winter cold.
We are pleased to offer wine tastings as one of our activities, led by our skilled sommeliers. They will guide you through the season's excellent wines, focusing on the tasting experience rather than theory. This is an accessible experience for all wine enthusiasts.