Guest of Honour 2022
The present-day cider production that you find all over Southern Norway is actually a very new phenomenon in the history of Norwegian fruit wine. Before the establishment of the state-run Wine Monopoly (Vinmonopolet) in 1921, there had been a period of over 30 years in which cider, or applewine as it was called, was included in the category of fruit wine. it wasn’t apple that was the main ingredient in the dominant fruit wine for over 80 years – it was, in fact, rhubarb. The cider business that existed at that time (1890-1920), especially in Hardanger, went mainly into bankruptcy after the introduction of the alcohol regulations that laid the foundation for the Vinmonopolet. But, for the producers of fruit wine made out of rhubarb, the market grew and became the main opponent to imported wine or especially ‘hetvin’, in English called fortified wine (Sherry, Port, Madeira, etc.).
In the 1990s, especially in Hardanger, the idea arose to produce cider again according to modern methods. In 2009, PDO (Protected Designation of Origin) was introduced in Hardanger under the name “Sider from Hardanger” for six producers still in existence at the time.
There are now around 35 Sider producers in Norway again. The number is growing steadily and is expected to rise to 50 in the coming years.
Look forward to tastings with finest Siders from 15 Norwegian producers!
If you want to know more about the history of Norwegian sider production, read the article “The Norwegian Cider Revolution” by Bernt Bucher Johannessen (General Manager of Hanen, Oslo):