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Artisan distilling and farm life – a perfect match By making liquor on the family farm with products from both their own orchard and other local producers, Jann Vestby and Synnøve Vik Bergstad have managed to combine their old and new professions: chemical engineers, farmers and artisan distillers.
After completing their studies at the university in Trondheim, chemical engineers Jann Vestby and Synnøve Vik Bergstad had settled down in Oslo when they were asked if they wanted to move back to Vik Bergstad’s hometown, Sandane in Nordfjord, and take over the family farm. “Making liquor was the first thing that came to our mind when trying to figure out what to do at the old fruit farm. That way, we could make use of our qualification,” says Vestby, general manager
of Gardsbrenneriet AS. The farm had a small apple orchard and, with traditions dating back over 100 years, it was important to keep the history of the farm going in the new business. While awaiting permission to start producing liquor, Vik Bergstad and Vestby started making apple juice and planted 2,500 new apple trees. In 2015, the liquor series Attåt was launched with three products: liqueur, brandy and vodka. ‘Attåt’ is a Norwegian expression meaning ‘to go with’, and Gardsbrenneriet’s products go perfectly with both good food and good company, with new and exciting products in the pipeline in the coming years. “We will produce liquor based on other fruits and berries, and we will expand our product range, making aquavit, gin and whisky, to mention some,” says Vestby.
By Vilde Holta Røssland Photos: Gardsbrenneriet AS
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