March 7, 2017

Finnish wine tastes success in Paris

Vaapukka Raspberry Dessert wine has been deemed the pick of the bunch at a prestigious French competition.
Vaapukka Raspberry Dessert wine has been deemed the pick of the bunch at a prestigious French competition.
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Finnviini’s Vaapukka Raspberry Dessert wine has been awarded a Gold Medal and the trophy for the best non-grape wine entry at the 23rd annual Vinalies International Wine Competition.

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Organised by l’Union des Œnologues de France (the Union of French Oenologists), the competition attracted more than 3 500 entries from 45 countries around the world.

More than half of these were from France.

A total of 150 professional tasters spent five days performing blind evaluations on the various wines, awarding 328 of them with a gold medal.

The Vaapukka variety also was recognised as this year’s best in the competition category of Other, which encompasses ciders, distilled beverages and all wines not made from grapes

“Since we began making wines, the biggest challenge we have faced is the common perception that it is not possible to make good wine in Finland” says David Cohen, chief winemaker at Finnviini.

“This should eliminate any doubt,” he continues. “The berries in Finland can be used to make wines that are as good or better than wines from anywhere else in the world.”

This latest recognition for Finnviini follows accolades received in California last year.

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