Looking for an easy activity to organise for groups in Estonia? How about a distillery or brewery visit? Estonia has a long history of producing vodka. However, in recent years, the country saw a spike in gin distilleries, wineries, craft breweries and cider farms in the region.
Luckily, many distilleries in Estonia are open to visitors for tours and tastings which makes it the ideal after-the-meeting experience. Here’s a list of top-rated places to visit!
Põhjala Brewery Factory Tour
Põhjala Brewery is a craft brewery in the Noblessner district in Tallinn. It is the largest craft brewery in the Baltic states and the only one to have been included in the Ratebeer “top 100” list of world breweries. A modern brewery, beer restaurant “Põhjala Tap Room” and a shop are built in the historic Noblessner shipyard assembly factory. The building is characterized by spectacular industrial architecture and high ceilings, as well as a great location and proximity to the sea, the port and the city centre. If you are interested to see how world-class beer is made, book a guided factory tour. The tour includes a ca 45-minute stroll through production with information about beer making and the brewery and tasting of 3—4 different beers.
Juniperium Gin Distillery Tour
Located at the hip Telliskivi area in Tallinn, Junimperium Distillery is the first open artisan gin distillery in Tallinn and Estonia, which offers distillery tours for everyone interested in the history of gin and the art of production. Look behind the curtains and see their truly artisanal process of how they make their gins. This distillery has received numerous prestigious awards for its unique hand-made gins. Their cosy bar strives to serve the best cocktails in town, made from our unique gins.
Liviko Museum and Distillery Tour
Liviko is the most famous Estonian distillery. The company’s most well-known brands are Viru Valge vodka and Vana Tallinn liqueur, among others. This tour gives you an insider’s view of our 124-year-old factory, located in Tallinn city centre. Visitors can experience an interactive museum, and working distillery and see how raw materials are transformed into final products. The tour covers all the different stages of production – distilling, filtration, bottling and vodka mixing. Guests can also take part in tastings and classes at the Liviko Academy of Beverages (LAB) run by our experienced brand ambassadors and sommeliers.
Nudist Winery Tour & Tasting
Nudist Winery & Bar (located in Telliskivi area in Tallinn) combines a winery during working hours, a shop throughout the day, and a bar at night and on weekends. They also offer winery tours and tastings and it’s a great place for picking up some interesting locally produced wines, bubbly and beer, including their most popular product, the Rabarbara rhubarb sparkling wine. Nudist’s speciality is young and sparkling fruit, berry or even vegetable wines, and they do their best to bring the flavours of the fruit out while keeping the wine dry. It’s light, funky and defiantly intriguing to try sparkling wines made of rhubarb, raspberry, gooseberry, white current and other groovy combinations. If you are not into wine, they make ciders, beers, cocktails and non-alcoholic drinks.
A le Coq Beer World, Tartu
A Le Coq is the oldest and biggest drinks manufacturer in Estonia. The company, which started operating as a brewery, has grown into a producer of a wide range of beverages in over 200 years. The Beer World is one of the newest museums in Tartu, which opened in 2022 in the A. Le Coq brewery after a thorough renovation. The brewery’s extensive history makes it possible to exhibit items and tell stories that can’t be read in books or found in other museums. Guided tours are available on request.
Visit to Jaanihanso Cider House, Pärnu County
Jaanihanso is a family-owned cider house and orchard located on a historic farm dating back to the 18th century. Jaanihanso Cider House makes cider from natural Estonian apples. The cider is pressed at the spot in the late autumn from the apple juices which mature at that time. At Jaanihanso, the cider is not boiled, filtered, or carbonated. The cider matures and clears in the bottles in the same way as the best champagne does. Each bottle of Jaanihanso cider has been handcrafted as a result of the production process that takes almost a year. This is what cider is actually supposed to be! Equipped with modern comforts, the Ciderhouse Tasting Room can accommodate up to 150 people and invites guests to organize their parties, company strategy meetings, private concerts, cider tastings or any other events. There is a terrace, a big lawn and a romantic orchard for events outside. The guided visit to the cidery and cider tasting tour last about 1 hour and a half. The number of participants: 10 to 200.
Wine tasting at Mamm&Frukt Wine House, Pärnu
Mamm&Frukt is a trendy urban winery in Pärnu established in 2015. They produce a bubbly variety of fruit wines and follow the no-waste principle which means that all that is not bottled as wine is made into vinegar or distilled. Mamm&Frukt winery also offers a delicious, educational and entertaining tasting of Estonian wines for groups. Guests can taste 5 -7 different berry wines and learn about production methods, wine-making history, appreciating berry wines and the Estonian wine culture in general.
Mamm&Frukt also boast an out-of-the-box degustation room in a rustic historical horse stable (in Estonian: Valgeranna Veinitall) in Valgeranna village, about 10 km from Pärnu. The outstanding Valgeranna Veinitall is also available for rent for private events, with max capacities of 100-150 guests for seminars, and 80 – 100 guests for dinners.
Food Sightseeing Estonia Tours
The ECB’s newest member company named Food Sightseeing Estonia provides food tours in Tallinn and elsewhere in Estonia. Their food tours combine personalised sightseeing with various typical for Estonia and for the region food & drink stops en route. Various tours are available, including Tallinn Booze’n Bites Tour, Tallinn Craft Beer Tour and Medieval Tallinn food tour.