If you want your hotel stay to be more than just a bed to sleep in – you should consider the Winery Hotel. The location is on the outskirts of Stockholm, at Solna, about 10-15 minutes away from the city center. In addition to an extensive wine cellar, two restaurants, and a rooftop bar with a swimming pool, this boutique hotel also has its own urban winery! Grapes are imported from the Terreno vineyard in Tuscany, Italy, and made into wine right here in Sweden.
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I checked into the Winery Hotel for two days, as part of my latest travels to Stockholm. The main goal of this trip was to update my ever-evolving foodie map of Stockholm. Since the Winery Hotel is located at Solna, I started each morning with a nice walk, about 7 minutes, to the closest subway station Ulriksdal. From there, I got myself to Odenplan in the district of Vasastan in another 7 minutes. Easy! Of course, you can also take an Uber, but that’s 4x the price.
What makes this hotel unique in the world, is the fact that they actually produce wine here. The wine concept is already evident as you walk through the main door, where a big old oak barrel is on display. On the right, as you enter, is a tiny Italian car. Cute! Right behind the reception, you can see two rows with huge steel vats, where 8000 bottles of wines are produced annually. Just ask for a tasting tour if you want the full story. The grapes are not grown in Sweden, however, but at the Terreno vineyard in Tuscany – which is actually owned by the Swedish family Ruhne. They teamed up with the Söder family, who are experienced in accommodation, to realize this hotel dream.
The industrial look of the exterior, with naked brick walls, is a continued architectural aspect that dominates the interior as well. Black-painted steel bars, metal plates, and concrete elements are mixed with vintage wine barrels and bronze-brown leather sofas. The reception area doubles as a lounge and bar, the Vinoteque, with a row of wine fridges that allows you to purchase samples and taste different wines. Ask for a wine card and top it up with a sufficient amount of money, depending on how many glasses you want to try. You can read the history and more details about each wine.
When I checked into my room, my first thought was that the design looked somewhat similar to that of Ace hotel in Los Angeles. It’s that simplistic yet not cheap-looking hipster style, that actually makes you feel more at home than at most hotels – which often has a more sterile and dull design.
A big bonus was the hotel gym, located on the top floor with a great view. I always try to fit in 30-60 minutes of work-out on my foodie trips (trust me, it’s never enough, but every little bit helps). Unfortunately, it seems they are planning to move the gym to the basement to make space for a wine lounge. That sort of makes sense, though, as you already find a large outdoor rooftop terrace on the same floor, complete with a swimming pool and wine bar.
My best friend Charlotte came out to join me for dinner at the Winery Hotel one of the nights and we started with a glass of Champagne on the roof. There are actually two eateries to choose among – Terreno Deli and the Winery Kitchen. The former is a more simplistic Italian pizzeria and shop, while the latter is a full-scale restaurant. That’s where we went, of course. Surprisingly, the cuisine wasn’t even a bit Italian in the style here, but rather rustic Nordic-Continental. In fact, at the Winery Kitchen, wines are the focus of the meal and the starting point of the menu. Food is chosen to match the wine and not the other way around. Very exciting! Everything was tasty and good, but not innovative or mind-blowing in any way. Just simple, honest food, prepared well.
In addition to Terreno’s own wines, which are very tasty and affordable, I found one of my favorite reds – Meinklang Zweigelt Graupert from Austria in Burgenland. Hedda and I were lucky enough to visit that vineyard last summer. Now, I hope I can pay a visit to Terreno the next time I find myself in Italy.
Looking for more great spots for food and drinks in the Swedish capital? Check out my foodie map of Stockholm.
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