The wines are carefully chosen by Viking Line's wine council, who critically test a number of candidates from varied wine houses, regions and vintage. After that, Viking Line's restaurant managers have chosen a red wine, a white wine, a sparkling wine and a champagne among the finalists. Thanks to a well-balanced taste and aroma, as well as the right style, character and balance, these wines are suitable for both food and chat. They do well with many dishes and in different contexts. Welcome to try some of the ship's wines!
Piper-Heidsieck Essentiel (served onboard January 1st 2018–December 31st 2019)
We are proud to present our new Ship’s Champagne of Viking Line, Piper-Heidsieck Essentiel – designed to be a reliable Extra-Brut symbolising the essence of the House, this wine is vigorously ardent, crisp and firm. With a frank display of fresh white fruits, it has a sprightly, festive character that flirts shamelessly and joyfully with langoustines or oysters.
Essentiel's four years of aging have bestowed upon it an unfussy charm. This is a bright, invigorating wine with well-defined fruit and an aromatic purity showing notes of citrus and white fruits, crisp succulent grapes, fresh apple and fresh almond. Intense and lasting notes of fruitcake follow, along with nuttiness, and an exquisite sensation of sweetness, hinting at the long period of repose that this wine has enjoyed.
50–55% Pinot Noir, 30–35% Meunier, 10–15% Chardonnay, 15–20% reserve wines.
Charles Heidsieck Brut Réserve (served onboard until December 31st 2017)
Charles Heidsieck Brut Réserve, the best non-vintage standard champagne. Although Charles Heidsieck belongs to the top wine houses of Champagne, it is not very well known among the general public. The score for Brut Réserve competes with the luxury mixtures of many other houses. Its success is based on a large number of mature reserve wines, which makes it highly enjoyable at launch. The abundant roasted nose focuses on tropical fruit, honey, brioche, soft spiciness, and coffee. The palate is velvety and broad. The stylish roasted and fruity aftertaste lingers long in the mouth. An excellent gastronomic champagne that can be served through the meal.
Mezza di Mezzacorona (served onboard January 1st 2018–December 31st 2019)
This elegant Italian sparking wine is made using the most important white grapes cultivated in Trentino Alto Adige, estate grown in our vineyards at the foothill of the Dolomites – at elevations between 400–800 meters.
The bouquet displays rich and intense aromas of fresh fruits like red apple, pear, white peach and melon, and delicate pineapple with an elegant note of wild mountain rose. The palate is very pleasant with a soft mousse, persistent bubbles and smooth acidity.
60% Chardonnay, 30% Pinot Bianco, 10% Muller Thurgau.
Belvino Durello Lessini Doc, Veneto (served onboard until December 31st 2017)
This sparkling wine comes from the Veneto region in northern Italy. The wine is produced from extremely rare Durella grapes, which were almost totally forgotten until it was found that these grapes are highly suitable for making sparkling wines. The sugar content of the wine is 12 grams per litre, which balances out the acidity, making it versatile. Served cooled to 4–6 degrees, the wine goes well as an aperitif or with seafood, sushi or fish and creamy sauce. Enoitalia is a private winehouse owned and led by the Pizzolo family. Coming from the Veneto region, the family has succeeded in making Enoitalia the biggest wine producer in Italy.
White – Freeclimber Riesling 2014, Mosel
Freeclimber wine comes from the classical Mosel region in Germany, and is of course produced from Riesling grapes. The name of the wine reflects the fact that most of the work in the Mosel valley is done by hand, because it is impossible to drive machines on the steep rocky slopes. The grapes are harvested when they have reached the highest ripeness level, and fermented slowly with wild yeasts at cool temperatures in cellars. The wine is medium dry, and the sugar and acidity are harmoniously balanced. The taste is fruity and balanced, with mineral tones. The alcohol content is about 11%. The wine is produced by four young and well-known winemakers: Axel Pauly, Thomas Ludwig, Sebastian Oberbillig and Markus Berres. The name of their company PLOB stands for the initials of their surnames. The grapes come from carefully selected growers, all of whom are members of the Moseljünger group.
Red – Réserve Spéciale Cabernet-Merlot 2014, Gerard Bertrand, Igp Pays D’oc
Made from Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot grapes, this wine comes from the Pays d’Oc region on the Mediterranean coast. The grapes have ripened to an optimal degree, and they are carefully sorted before the wine-making. The wine is left to stand and macerate in steel tanks for 12–20 days before it is stored in steel tanks and partly in oak barrels. The tannins are softened and the wine becomes smooth as silk. After bottling the wine is still allowed to rest for a few months before delivery to customers. Gerard Bertrand has become an ambassador of wines from southern France and a spokesman for local wines and lifestyle. He has been working for organic and biodynamic cultivation and is today the world’s biggest biodynamic wine producer, and the leading organic wine grower in France.
Buy our wines
Buy our wines in the tax free shops or in the restaurants on board.