The name KÆRSKOV originates from the Kærskov estate in Northern Denmark. KÆR means “Dear” and SKOV means “wood” in Danish. The name is first mentioned already in 1499 as a forest and again in the 1600s as one of the larger farms in the area.
The great-great-grandfather of the current owner of KÆRSKOV Vineyard bought the Kærskov farm in 1855 and in 1905 the family changed their name to Kærskov. The family remained farmers of various types of crops, pigs, cattle and mink up until the 1970s.
René Gross Kærskov, owner of KÆRSKOV Vineyard blended his first wine in 2012 together with Monsieur Eric Boissenot, wine and vineyard consultant to four of Bordeaux's five First Growths “Premiers Cru” and Château Lynch-Bages in Bordeaux and also named “World’s most influential wine consultant” by The Drinks Business in 2013. It is a blend of: 65% Cabernet Sauvignon from 35 years old wines from Grande Cathelie, Pauillac; 30% Merlot from 34 years old wines from Pey Labrie, Canon-Fronsac located on a hilltop overlooking the Dordogne and Isle rivers and; 5% Cabernet Franc from more than forty years old wines from Labrie, Saint-Émilion. The following year, KÆRSKOV Vineyard, assisted His Royal Highness Prince Henrik of Denmark bringing the Prince’s wines from Chateau de Cayx in Cahors, France to the United States.
In 2013, René Gross Kærskov continued the family tradition of farming when establishing KÆRSKOV Vineyard on the lands of the Stonecrest Estate, an organic vegetable farm in Solvang in the Santa Ynez Valley. It is the only Danish owned and operated vineyard within the Danish city of Solvang.
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