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A Newfoundland wine called Funky Puffin

The Iceberg Wines of Auk Bay Winery in Twillingate
The Iceberg Wines of Auk Bay Winery in Twillingate

The fruit wines and ice wines from Newfoundland

Wine in Newfoundland is nothing new, as the island may be the much sought-after Vinland - i.e. wine country Vikingwho discovered and colonized it around the year 1000 on the east coast of America. To this day, however, the scientists are still debating whether this was actually the case. It competes for this name with Cape Cod, among other things. One thing is certain: Newfoundland's wines were never the cultivated series of vines that we know from other areas of Canada such as the Niagara Region or the Okanagan Valley, where they are whole Cover river valleys and lakeshore with straight rows of vines. The Newfoundland wine was wild and still is today. So I was all the more astonished when I heard that Twillingate has its own winery, the Auk Bay Winerywho produces his wines just outside the village in a former school building.

Newfoundland fruit wines with funny names
Newfoundland fruit wines with funny names

During our visit, it quickly became clear to me that only a few “real” wines were produced in this winery. As is well known, only the fermented juice that is actually produced from grapes can be called "wine". Everything else is - at least according to the German food law - wines in the broader sense, wine-containing drinks or wine-like drinks. The Auk Bay Winery produces three true types of wine: the Great Auk Shiraz, the Great Auk Chardonnay and the Great Auk Cabernet Sauvignon. None of the grapes used for this come from the island. They are purchased from winemakers in other parts of Canada. Therefore, many wine connoisseurs will probably turn their noses over the "blend" that comes from this winery. But the specialty of the Auk Bay Winery is not the real wines, but the fruit wines, which - to be precise - are wine-like drinks and whose ingredients do come from Newfoundland. And here's where it gets interesting: Almost all types of fruit that are native to the island are used.

The colorful variety of Newfoundland fruit is reflected in its fruit wines
The colorful variety of Newfoundland fruit is reflected in its fruit wines

Among them are exotic fruits such as lingonberries, partridgeberries, gooseberries or bakeapples, which have nothing in common with apples, but rather resemble large raspberries, only that they are yellow. But from blueberries, rhubarb, plums, blackberries, cranberries, currants and raspberries in the wine cellar of Auk Bay Winery fruit wines. Since only very few types of fruit supply enough liquid to make wine pardon or fruit wine from it, water is added to the fruit mash. For the Iceberg Wines, you choose the meltwater from icebergs that drift past the Arctic off the coast of Twillingate annually, using the cleanest water in the world. And depending on the sugar content of the berries, sweeten until the fruit wine reaches the desired taste. The result is a whole range of different fruit wines and wine-based drinks, which - how can it be different in Newfoundland - have very imaginative names: there are the Funky Puffin, the Spin the Bottle, the Moose Joose, the Wreckhouse or the Jellybean Row. The nicest thing I like is the Krooked Cod, which is a great symbol for me Humor of the Newfoundlanders is. Who else comes up with the idea of ​​calling a wine made from blueberries and raspberries a "crooked cod"?

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Source: own on-site research courtesy of Tourism Newfoundland and the Canadian Tourism Commission

Text: © Monika Fuchs, TravelWorldOnline
Photos: © Copyright Petar Fuchs, TravelWorldOnline


  1. Monika Fox
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    The fruit wine from Newfoundland even the Chinese like:


  2. Claudi
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    I'm curious to see where 2013 will take you!
    I first have to digest and process the past year of travel, before that I forbade myself to make any plan;)
    Look forward to the bottle!

    LG Claudi

  3. Claudi
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    Hi Monika,

    As always very enlightening and full of wonder, the article :) I only know Blueberry wine in mulled wine variety, but I like that!
    If you should come back in Twillingate (so before me;)), please bring me a Funky Puffin, whether full or empty! :

    LG Claudi

    • Monika Fox
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      Hello Claudi,

      So, for me now only other destinations are on the plan. And I have the impression that Newfoundland in your bucket list is always sliding up, am I right?

      But if I still be there in front of you, I'll bring you a Funky Puffin with you.

      LG, Monica

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