It takes courage to
survive Swedish winters.
Potatoes. Beets. Molasses. Some make spirits of anything organic and try to call it vodka. At ABSOLUT we use only Swedish winter wheat, selected by about 300 local farmers who have specialized in this distinctive grain for generations. Sown in the fall, the winter wheat seeds -- like the winter wheat farmers -- must brave the Swedish winter. Just one example of the unnecessary lengths we go to create a natural, pure, high-quality vodka.
ABSOLUT uses only the hard winter wheat grown in the rich soil of Southern Sweden. It's this winter wheat that gives ABSOLUT its distinctive character and consistent quality.
Sown in the fall, the wheat is protected throughout the winter by snow and frost, so that in spring the strength of the seeds helps them win the battle against weeds with minimal need for fertilizers and pesticides.
To achieve the perfect wheat, ABSOLUT works with about three-hundred local farmers whose families have grown winter wheat for generations and who have been specifically trained to grow carefully selected varieties. Opus, Tulsa, Liva and Skalmeje are some of the names. What determines whether a certain variety is perfect for ABSOLUT is the level of starch yield, low input of nitrogen, and strong resistance to disease.
Each contracted local farmer keeps a diary that records information about the grower, place of cultivation, type of soil, the seed and harvest yield and a wealth of other information that lets us know our standards are being met. Our farmers know ABSOLUT only buys wheat that satisfies or surpasses our stringent guidelines. We work closely with our farmers, who are committed to cultivating a wheat with character and courage like their own.