DanishWine.com is recognized as the first to call Røsnæs Denmark’s Napa Valley, and it makes sense: the geography, climate, soil conditions and diversity of wine production are all common characteristics.

This is our – Yulia and Christopher’s – favorite place to drive out into the summer countryside and experience Danish wine. We’ve made several right turns at Kalundborg and discovered a hidden tourist gem on the peninsula.

Every year, 50,000 wine tourists visit the peninsula. With this guide, we hope to send even more people to Røsnæs.

Why is Røsnæs perfect for wine production?

Røsnæs, located on the west side of Zealand, is an area that is increasingly recognized for its wine production. This is due to several unique climatic conditions that make it ideal for viticulture. Firstly, Røsnæs has around 100 more hours of sunshine per year compared to the rest of Denmark. Furthermore, on average, only 523 mm of precipitation falls annually, which is less than the national average. These conditions create a dry and sunny climate that is ideal for grape growth.

Røsnæs’ geographical location as a peninsula stretching out into the Great Belt also plays an important role. The sea water evens out the temperature and keeps the night frosts away in the spring months, protecting the flowering of the wine. The soil at Røsnæs is also ideal for viticulture, with a light and sandy surface and clay deeper down that retains water.

Vineyards on Røsnæs with a view of Samsø.
The view from Dyrehøj’s vineyards on a day in May overlooking Samsø

Wineries on Røsnæs

Røsnæs is home to several remarkable vineyards that contribute significantly to Danish wine production. The most well-known wineries include:

  • Dyrehøj Winery: Denmark’s largest winery, established in 2008. The winery produces a wide range of wines, including white, rosé, red and sparkling wines. Here we love to have lunch and take a walk along the waterfront through the vineyards.
  • STUB Winery: Known for its white, rosé and sparkling wine.
  • Røsnæs Winery: A private winery producing red, white and rosé wine.
  • Barefoot Wine: This winery also contributes to the area’s diversity of wine varieties with a focus on organic wine.

These wineries grow a number of different wine varieties and are known for their quality products.

PDO – Røsnæs as a certified wine area

DONS is today the only wine region in Denmark with a PDO (Protected Designation of Origin).

Røsnæs’ pursuit of Protected Designation of Origin (PDO) certification is an important step in recognizing and protecting the area’s unique wine production. This status will have a profound impact on both the economy and tourism in the region, similar to the role Napa Valley plays in the US.

For Røsnæs wines, this means that everything from grape varieties to the wine’s flavor profile reflects the area’s special environment and wine traditions.

The PDO certification could significantly increase the market value of Røsnæs wines. This recognition will not only guarantee the authenticity and quality of the wines, but also support marketing and sales on both a national and international level. Like Napa Valley, known for its high standards in wine production, Røsnæs wines can achieve similar prestige and recognition. This will attract quality-conscious consumers and collectors who value wine from certified and recognized wine regions.

This certification should also have an impact on general tourism to the peninsula, which has plenty more to offer. Røsnæs’ recognition as a distinct wine region can attract visitors seeking unique experiences, just as Napa Valley attracts wine lovers from all over the world. DanishWine offers wine tours to Røsnæs. You can check the calendar for the next wine tastings at Danish wineries.

Ultimately, PDO status for Røsnæs will strengthen both the economic and cultural value of the region. This will promote a strong brand for Røsnæs wines and support sustainable growth in both wine production and tourism. The success will be a testament to the quality and hard work of local winemakers and could potentially inspire similar efforts in other Danish wine regions.

Other experiences at Røsnæs

In addition to wine production, Røsnæs offers a number of other attractions and activities. The region’s beautiful nature and waterfront location make it an ideal place for outdoor activities and relaxation. Visitors can enjoy hiking, cycling and bird watching in the area’s scenic surroundings.

The region is also rich in history and culture. Visitors can explore local attractions such as historic buildings and artisans’ workshops. In addition, you can taste local food and wine at the area’s restaurants and cafés, providing an authentic experience of Røsnæs’ unique culinary culture.

We usually end a cozy afternoon at Røsnæs Harbour with ice cream and feet in the water – priceless.