Just a stone's throw from beautiful Mörrumsån just north of Karlshamn lies Astensmåla Mat & Vingård. Here, genuine flavours are combined with family hospitality where food and wine are combined into unforgettable memories in the beautiful farm environment from 1771. In the middle of summer, the experiences at Astensmåla Mat & Vingård are the best. It is now that the wonders of nature remind us of the forest's precious values. In the pasture, sheep, lambs and ewes graze together on land that has never seen the glimpse of neither pesticides nor fertilizers. Small-scale fields are reminiscent of Astrid Lindgren's Bullerby Village.
We hope that our ambitions of combining bleaching flavours with good wine and beautiful natural environments will fall well with visitors, says Fredrik Berg, one of three siblings who run Astensmåla Mat & Vingård together with parents Helene and Pelle Berg.
It must be remembered that we have precisely the same conditions to develop local gastronomy as any Mediterranean country and at Astensmåla Mat & Vingård we hope to combine familial gastronomy with bleaching flavours made from genuine ingredients, says Emelie Berg, one of the family's two educated sommeliers.
We need to serve authentic raw materials in the farm way. We will never be huge when it comes to the number of chairs in the restaurant or the number of beds in the hotel. Instead, the plan is to develop an economic cycle where animals, water, forest and crops provide optimal conditions for using the land in a sustainable, genuine way, says Fredrik Berg.
Thanks to round tables - six people around each meal - the overall experience at Astensmåla Mat & Vingård is unique. By eating with people you don't know before, there are good chances to meet new friends overexciting conversations.
We feel really proud to be able to offer food in a historic setting on the farm that belonged to our family since the 1980s, says Pelle Berg, who together with the other family has a great interest in wine, drinks and tasty flavours.
What is not grown or grazed at Astensmåla comes exclusively from Blekinge. Thanks to a vibrant network of genuine producers, the Berg family has high ambitions to be as small-scale as possible.
We dream of creating a microclimate around the farm. Whereas much as possible is raised and cultivated in the vicinity of the farm. You can't do everything on your own, after all, we are more crowded, but by buying raw materials from skilled bleaching farmers we hope to be able to pass on the family's reverence for animals, nature and precious natural values, says Fredrik Berg. Simply letting go
Blekinge is entirely unique. Here you will find forests, meadows and the sea during an hour's drive from each other and after travelling all over the world, almost always focusing on food and drink, it is lovely to come home. To Blekinge, Sweden's garden, says Fredrik Berg.
FACTS: The Berg family, siblings Fredrik, Emelie and Viktor run Astensmåla Mat & Vingård together with their parents Helene and Pelle just outside Svängsta in Blekinge. The family also runs several restaurants in central Karlshamn and in Kristianstad. In total, the farm is 168 hectares, of which 10 hectares of pasture. The family also runs lamb breeding and plans for a farm shop on the farm. Already in the fall, the first rooms are ready. The farm is open only to booked groups or parties of up to 24 people. www.astensmalagard.se