Are you planning a trip to Stockholm soon? You should be. It happens to be one of the most beautiful cities in the world. It’s also one of the most innovative, and home to the world’s first Urban Winery Hotel.
In January this year, a boutique hotel combined with an urban winery opened up in the Solna district of Stockholm, about 6 km northwest of Central Station. Furnished with a motif reminiscent of Brooklyn’s industrial decor, and with a touch of Tuscany, this hotel is the kind of place you will fall in love with as soon as you walk through the doors.
Their 184 rooms are all modernly decorated for a comfortable stay. On the top floor there is a gym with a spectacular view of a lake, and outside on the roof is a bar, swimming pool and hot tub with a panoramic view of northern Stockholm.
This hotel’s real chemistry is right in reception. Behind the front desk and a series of windows is a fully operational winery capable of producing 8000 bottles of wine each year. Importing grapes directly from their vineyard in Tuscany, guests can enjoy their own bottle of homemade wine, or a flight from a large selection of imported wines, while being served by The Winery Hotel’s first-class kitchen and deli. All their food is natural and locally sourced, and the ambiance is spacious and modern.
They have tours of the winery Monday through Friday at 5 PM, and on Saturday at 5, 6 and 7. Additionally, on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, there are full wine tastings in their Vinotek. Tickets can be pre-booked on their website or at reception. The tour comes with a sampling of their own Winery Red vintage, but I’d say go for the full experience! In 1988, they began the Terreno Vineyard in Tuscany, Italy. The grapes are then exported to Sweden, where everything else is done in house, from the distillation to the kegs and even the bottling.
When I was in Stockholm in July, in coordination with Visit Stockholm and the Winery Hotel, I was given a tour of the hotel and winery, followed by a full meal and wine tasting. I can attest that the quality is amazing, and this is not just a promotional piece for the hotel. The food and wine were reminiscent of the quality of meals I had in Italy, and I look forward to spending a night myself in the hotel. I’ll be back there myself soon, but I won’t hold it against you if you beat me to it.
Stockholm is a truly magnificent city, and even if you don’t want to spend the night at The Urban Winery Hotel, you can still take a tour and see why Sweden truly has a world-class level of culinary skills.