Dyrehøj Vingaard is at the forefront of exceptional Danish wine
Dyrehojgaard, where the brand RÖS is created, has a hundred year old history as a traditional farm on Røsnæs, but has developed into Denmark´s largest vinyard. Tom Christensen bought the farm in 2007 and planted the first wine plants in 2008. The first two species were mainly Solaris and Cabernet Cortis and selected in corporation with the Staatliches Wineinstitute in Freiburg, Germany. Today the wine area covers around 10 hectares with more than 30.000 plants being the largest wine producer in Denmark. The main varieties are Solaris, Muscaris, Johanniter and Souvignier Gris as the white selection and the red variety is Cabernet Cantor.
Making wine in the Nordic's is crazy, but we are doing it
Climate change is warming the Nordics making it increasingly possible to produce wine commercially. Recently, the New York Times published a front page article exploring the budding scene of wine makers who see the Nordics as the next frontier. My guest is Betina Newberry who was featured in the article and owns Denmark’s largest vineyard, Dyrehøj Vingaard, along with her brother. This episode is full of insights on what it takes to produce wine in the Nordics and how the industry is developing as Betina shares her entrepreneurial journey.
The Røsnæs Wine Region
The long and hilly peninsula covers the northern part of Kalundborg Fjord and is amongst the sunniest areas in Denmark. The rainfall is on average 523 mm/pa and 1.730 hours of sun.
The peninsula was created about 10 000 years ago during the last ice age and the chalky fringe, which is unique, has been preserved since 1924 - one of Denmark´s first designated areas of protected area. The embankment against the fjord, which gives our vines perfect shelter, is part of this protection, and here one can find lots of rare herbs and insects.
The Røsnæs Wine Region produces nearly 20 percent of all Danish wine. Within 15 km you will find four wine growers each in their own right, but Dyrehøj Vingaard being by far the largest. The wines from this area will show crispyness from the calcium in the soil, acidity from the cool nights and fresh- and fruityness from the cool summerdays.
Distillery and winery
The old stables have been re-done and now contain a full modern winery. All the different stages of the wine making are handled at the winery and all the processes are followed closely by the owner in cooperation with a professional winemaker. The production of alcohol is also handmade on a distillery from Müller Brennereianlagen.
Cellardoor and Tours in English
Visit our wine shop at the vineyard for tasting and buying various wines, liqueur, gin, brandy and more. The shop is open 7 days a week from 10 -16 in winter and 10-17 in summer.
The wine shop stays open untill 20H00 on Fridays and Saturdays.
The restaurant stays open until 20H00 Thursday - Sunday in July.
Tours are conducted on a regular basis at H14:00 and can be booked in advance in the webshop or by e-mail.
A tour takes you through the vinyard and onto the protected area next to the sea. We talk about the challence of growing vines in Denmark and we show how we prune the vines and manage the fields throughout the year.
Returning to the farm we enter the winery and discuss winemaking in cold climate and we also take a look at the distillery. The tour ends with a winetasting and discussion. Time: 2 hours, DKK 175.-.
Online web shop
You are able to book and pay for a tour in our webshop if you hold a visa card. However, do you want to purchase bottles for export please send us an e-mail for further instructions.
For international customers, please make contact to our sales manager Betina Newberry. firstname.lastname@example.org