Wines from the forest
They make internationally recognized, award winning wines from Finnish berries and other high quality ingredients from the forest. They strive to capture the essence of the berries, and the spirit of the land where they grew in every bottle.
Ainoa was founded by two immigrants who came to Finland to make great wine. It may sound hard to believe, but some of the best raw ingredients for wines grow in the forests here. And it isn’t just they claiming that. The numerous international awards their wines have been given are proof that from the Finnish forests can come some of the best wines on Earth. The forest is the vineyard!
To make the best wines, you need to start with the best fruit. And even though the climate of Finland is not suitable to grow grapes, it produces amazing berries, honey and other incredible wild ingredients. They carefully develop relationships with their suppliers, be they farmers or berry pickers (most of our berries grow in the wild), and carefully choose only the finest raw materials for our wines.
You can taste the difference.
Sauvignon Blanc and Strawberry wine
Ainoa Aho is a unique wine / fruit wine blend created as a collaboration between Ainoa Winery in Hollola and Chateau Carsin in Bordeaux. Sommelier Samuil Angelov used wines from these two wineries to create a balanced blend that has a nose of luscious fresh-picked Finnish strawberries, with the assertive acidity, strong body and fresh character of a classic French Sauvignon Blanc.
Blueberry dessert wine
Strong and rich, with an almost port-like character, Sametti is perfect when you want to sip something warming after a meal or when talking with friends. It can be served with berry desserts, chocolate cake or with creamy cheeses like Camembert.
Raspberry dessert wine
To sip after a meal or with a dessert. Very rich, with a tartness from the berries that balances the sugars and cuts through sweetness in the mouth. Pairs wonderfully with creamy desserts like pannacotta or cheesecake – and also with chocolate.
Cloudberry dessert wine
There is no fruit that better expresses the unique spirit of Lapland than cloudberries, and Valokki captures that brilliantly in a wine. An amazingly versatile wine, Valokki complements salty foods like liver pate and cheese, spicy foods, or a wide range of desserts. For a traditional dessert with style, try it with leipäjuusto.
Kuningatar means “queen” in Finnish, but it also means a delicious mix of blueberries and raspberries that is widely used as a flavor in foods. We were surprised to learn it had rarely been done as a wine. But sometimes what looks obvious in retrospect is overlooked until a fortunate set of circumstances allows it to happen.
Dry Blueberry wine
Medium bodied and fruity, yet dry. Silkki is a perfect wine to accompany game foods such as duck, grouse or venison.
Lingonberry and Honey Spring Forest Wine
Light and fresh, Havu is a blush wine to accompany the first blush of warmth that arrives with spring. Made from Finnish forest lingonberries, honey and spruce tips. Enjoy it with salmon, salads, berry desserts and lighter fair.