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Balholm Fruktvin

Fruit wine was the Scandinavian equivalent to grape wine since the middle ages until the 1950s when grape wine became popular.

Every Scandinavian household and farm with a fruit garden used to make fruit wine, a know-how possessed mostly by women. Balholm is a family-owned orchard located in the Sognefjord, considered one of the best producers of fruit wines and hard dry ciders in Norway.

We designed their range of fruit wines inspired by the folkloristic illustration style and typography of fruit-wrapping papers where each label retells the story of a local heroine, paying homage to the local history recognising the women behind this tradition.

Balholm is a family owned orchard located in Balestrand, in the deepest fjord in Norway - Sognefjorden, a famous destination for european artists during the national romantic period in the late 1800s and known for its many pioneering women and forerunners for female rights.

We created a brand platform for a new range of ecologic fruit wines, allowing for a flexible naming and informal visual storytelling dedicated to the local female heroines. To offer new consumers an intuitive and playful way to familiarise with this forgotten local drink category, we created a range inspired by fruit wrappers, creating an intuitive link to fruit.

'Emma' is an ecological sparkling fruit wine made with cloudberries. Emma Normann (1871-1954) painted beautiful and detailed landscapes with blond farm girls in national costumes as a recurrent theme. She was the only female painter who took residence in the artist community in Balestrand. She was a vegetarian and a prolific artist. Her gooseberry and red current bushes are still growing in the garden of her villa which she had built in 1910.

'Margaret' is an ecological sparkling non-alcoholic wine made with rhubarb. In 1888 the English mountaineer and reverend daughter Margaret Sophia Green (1850-1894) entered her diary “the 14th of August I reached the summit of Soleitind, previously not concurred by any man”. Margaret reached the peak of 2083 meters above sea level wearing a skirt. In the village of Balestrand she met mountaineer and hotel owner Knut Kvikne who she later married. Before passing away, Knut promised Margaret to construct the wooden Church she wished for. The Church of St. Olaf was inaugurated in 1897 and is still located in the centre of Balestrand.

'Ingeborg' is an ecological sparkling fruit wine made with plum. Ingeborg is a mythological figure and sweetheart of Fridtjof den Fræge (the brave) in the Norse saga of Sverre. She was the daughter of King Bele from Sogn. When her brothers inherited the kingdom from their father they did all they could to keep Fritjof away from their sister, sending him away never to return. But in the end, Fritjof returns conquering both Ingeborg and the Kingdom. The famous painting of this saga played an important role in making Balestrand a destination for artist and aristocracy form Europe in the late 19th Century.

2020
Stavanger Ysteri
The cheese maker that made it to Maaemo
2020
Ambijus
The Lab is our terroir. A range of alcohol-free wine alternatives.
2019–
Rekedal Pølsefabrikk
Traditional, family driven sausage factory in Follebu
2019–
Nykr
Handmade and ecological skincare made by Cecilie F. Egeberg
2019–
Himkok
Oslo is the home of the world's most sustainable bar
2019–
CF18 Chocolatier
A Norwegian engineer-turned-chocolatier
2019
Gullmunn Spritfabrikk
The creation of Marthe Bøhn, pioneering in a male-dominated business
2018–
Holmen Crisp
Bringing back the joy of baking to a gluten-free living
2018–
"Du, jeg, og Erik"
A naked and vulnerable first novel by the photographer Morten Andenæs
2018
Tales of (33cl)
These are the tales of Vodka, Gin and Rum
2018
Pins
A selection of our projects made into pins
2018
Oslo Tre
Good and honest buildings sustainably produced in wood
2018
Sepoy & Co
Indian tonic, made in India, by Indians
2018
Tales of (70cl)
A captain, a barman, a mule and two lucky friends
2017
Gilde Juleaquavit
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2017
Snåsa Water
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2017
Løiten Aquavit
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2017
Babylife
Ecological mother & baby products from Norway
2017
Hellstrøm Sommer
Medicinal plants are at their strongest if collected on Midsummer night
2016–
Backe i Grensen
The last standing family-owned department store in Oslo
2016
Malbrum Parfums
Norwegian parfumes by Kristian Hilberg and nose Delphine Thierry
2016
Balholm Handverkcider
Craft cider from deep inside the Sognefjord
2016
Balholm Epledram 6666
The story of the gardener and his 6666 apple trees
2016
Balholm Fruktvin
The Medieval Scandinavian wine was made of fruit
2015
Lysholm No 52
After 52 trials of the recipe, distiller Ivan Abrahamsen was satisfied
2015
Cantina Zaccagnini
In Norway, this is called the "Pinnevin" – the 'stick wine'
2015
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An unpretentious wine bar with serious wines in the center of Oslo
2015
Hellstrøm Gløgg
A traditional Scandinavian winter beverage of warm wine with an infusion of spices
2014
Karin+Sondre=Sant
When you find the other half - a wedding invitation
2014
Fiin Gammel Portviin
In 1923 a deal with Portugal ensured port wine to Norwegians in exchange for cod
2014
Hellstrøm Juleaquavit
Recovering pagan agricultural symbols for the spirit of Christmas
2013
Pietro di Campo
A range of wines inspired by Italian gestures
2013
Ferdinando Principiano
One of the first natural wines in Norway
2013
Bamsrudlåven Gårdsis
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2013
Bodega La Serrana
A rural organic wine from Bierzo
2012
Cuvée S
Shakespeare, Sonia Delaunay and concrete poetry in a bottle
2012
Animasjonsdepartementet
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2012
Alberto Fenocchio
Creating a sense of place through local decorated ceramics
2012
Hellstrøm Aquavit
A Michelin starred Chef and his Aquavit - redefining a category language
2012
Villa Cafaggio
Pioneering the use of premium Italian papers to elevate wines in BIB