A trip along the Estonian wine route

Source: Magnus Heinmets, Visit Estonia

A trip along the Estonian wine route

Estonia might not have the renown of Italy or Spain when it comes to winemaking, but it does have a surprising number of wineries dotting the countryside. A trip around the country gives you an opportunity to taste wine made from local Estonian fruits, berries, and forest products—try the birch sap bubbly! Given Estonia's compact size, it's easy to add a stop at a winery along the way to wherever you're headed.

Estonians started making fruit and berry wines as early as the Middle Ages, but the official berry wineries opened in the 1920s. The resulting traditions were passed down from generation to generation, and it was not a rare sight to see wines squeezed into large glass bottles in the corners of homes during the Soviet era. Since the craft revolution of the 2010s, new makers have started making wines from everything nature has to offer: local grape varieties, all edible fruits, berries, and even flowers and vegetables.

Best of Põltsamaa wines

Photo by: Magnus Heinmets, Visit Estonia


Follow the Estonian wine route or create your own

You can spend an entire trip to Estonia travelling around the country and drinking wine on the official Estonian wine trail, or simply stop by a winery on the way to your final destination! The wineries mentioned below will help you get acquainted with Estonian wine production. 

Põltsamaa is a small historic town located right in the middle of Estonia. Wine production kicked off here in 1921 and became an instant hit across the country. Today, you can sample Põltsamaa wines in Põltsamaa wine cellar as well as in most bars and restaurants across the country. 

Estonia's northernmost fruit and berry wine farm is Valgejõe Veinivilla orchard. The Aru Manor winery also makes tea in addition to their homemade wine. From there you can try the unique chokeberry wine at Habaja Distillery.

The Ulge Farm near Lake Peipus has grown different berry crops for decades and is known for its bold flavours, from birch sap bubbly to pumpkin wine. The Hirveaia wine cellar produces craft wines from local ingredients such as rhubarb, wild berries, apples, and local grapes. Their location next to Alatskivi Castle makes it a perfect stop for history buffs. 

The Järiste winery operates in the historic Luke Manor Tavern and is known for unique and personal vintages. Järiste's red wine Regent from the 2018 vintage won 1st place in the category of dry red wines at the Baltic Cup Award 2021, with Regent from the 2016 vintage also having taken the first place in the absolute classification of grape wines and in the category of red wines at the Baltic Cup Award 2017.

Not too far from them, is the Kanarbiku wine farm producing fruit and berry wines from the best local source materials. And you can also visit the largest organic indoor farmyard in Estonia at Veinimäe Farm when you are in the neighbourhood. Tori Cider and Wine Farm offers wine tours and tastings and only uses organic ingredients to make wines, ciders and soft drinks. In the beautiful Pootsi Winery in Pärnu County, delicious homemade wines are made from domestic berries. They combine tastings with information on the historical Pootsi manor. Saaremaa I Winery makes wines from just about anything, with the selection including nettle, tomato, and carrot wines, as well as many other exciting flavours from Estonian raw ingredients.

Allikukivi winery is best known for its rhubarb wine. The award-winning estate offers wines made from blackcurrant, apple, raspberry, rowan and chokeberry, and welcomes visitors to explore the winemaking process. Mamm & Frukt on the other hand is a trendy new wine producer ready to take the market with its bubbly variety of fruit wines.

In the deep south near Võru, you'll find Uue-Saaluse vineyard. They produce a speciality buckthorn wine while trying to adhere to the zero-waste principle: they make handmade gin from winemaking by-products. 

Muhu vineyard and guesthouse

Photo by: Mart Vares, Visit Estonia

Muhu Farm Winery has been making waves for years. The project was started in 2012 by planting the first 100 vines. Located on a tiny, rustic island of Muhu, the vineyard serves freshly prepared meals and heats up a mean sauna to finish up the wine tasting session. Known also as Luscher & Matiesen Muhu Winehouse, it carries the legend of what used to be the biggest winery in Estonia back in the 1930s. Valgejõe orchard offers up to 10 different types of berry wines, while Murimäe vine cellar offers wine tasting tours of its locally produced Estonian grape wine. Their Muri d'Or Solaris sparkling wine from the vintage of 2020 won 1st place in the category of sparkling wines made from traditional grapes at the Baltic Cup Awards 2021.

Pindi Veinitalu is a small winery where unique berry and fruit wines are made from both South Estonian forest products and local raw ingredients. Pindi Veinitalu's apple wine from the 2020 vintage won 1st place in the category of sweet berry wines at the Baltic Cup Awards 2021 with their apple wine from 2020 also winning 1st place in the whole berry wine category.

If you are only visiting Estonia for a short time but would still love to try as many wines as possible, we recommend visiting the Estonian Wine Chamber at Hindreku Farm. The chamber offers various wines from different farms and manors for you to try and buy. 

Last updated : 03.05.2022

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