It is well known that the bear is the Finnish national animal, a lesser known fact is that this bear has developed a taste for good wine and is thirsty for more. 

Helsinki based Thirsty Bear wine agency represents modern day Finnish wine drinkers and is on a mission to find more great wine from around the world for their enjoyment.

 
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STORY & SERVICES

Founder Tom Murray Willis discovered his passion after inheriting his grandmother's dessert wine collection. Ever since then he has been intrigued by the grape varieties and wine regions of the world. Originally from London, Tom moved to Helsinki in 2015 after travelling across Australia. Upon arrival he was disappointed to find that none of his favourite Australian wines were available. It wasn't long before he decided to open a wine agency to bring the wine he loves to the people of Finland.

At Thirsty Bear we believe in real wine with a story and an interesting history. Our clients are small and medium sized family owned wineries in Australia and New Zealand. Working with a natural product has given us a deep respect for the environment. To minimise our impact we work with organic producers and those who share our values.

ALKO

Our focus is selling wine to the Finnish state owned alcohol monopoly either directly or through our strategic partner importer Astra Wines.

HORECA

Within Europe we have access to a wide range of wine from Australia and New Zealand, we supply this to bars and restaurants across Finland.

WINE TASTINGS

Educational tastings are available for private and corporate clients. We also manage a wine club which meets regularly for relaxed tastings.

 
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NEWS & ADVENTURES

 

WINE SELECTION

Bird in Hand Sparkling Pinot Noir 2017 

Adelaide Hills, South Australia

€18.30 in Alko 

Brut, acidic. Wild strawberry, light peach, hint of cherry, spicy, minerally.

Hot Tip: taste with sashimi or to celebrate Suomi 100 vuotta.   

Audrey Wilkinson Semillon 2016

Hunter Valley, New South Wales, Australia

€16.11 in Alko  

Dry, acidic. Green apple, whitecurrant, clementine, light nectarine, minerally. 

Hot Tip: perfect with fresh oysters or cellar for 5-10 years.   

Grass Roots Organic Shiraz 2017

Hunter Valley, New South Wales, Australia

€12.99 in Alko

Full bodied, medium tannic. Cherry jam, raspberry, blueberry, hint of plum, spicy.

Hot Tip: grilled steak or field mushrooms. 

Chalk Hill Luna Shiraz 2015

McLaren Vale, South Australia

€15.92 in Alko

Full bodied, tannic. Blackberry jam, ripe plum notes, hint of blueberry, toasted, roasted, baked.

Hot Tip: throw this at anything you would cook on a bbq.

Pepper Tree Shiraz Cabernet Sauvignon 2015

Wrattonbully, South Australia

€15.99 in Alko

Full bodied, tannic. Blackcurrant, dark cherry, blueberry, light mint. Nuanced.

Hot Tip: moose, lamb or beef with rosemary.

Little Yering Pinot Noir 2016

Yarra Valley, Victoria, Australia

€17.02 in Alko

Light bodied, medium tannic. Raspberry, wild strawberry, light basil.

Hot Tip: try with wild mushroom dishes, wood smoked salmon or Comté cheese. 

Forest Hill Vineyard Estate Shiraz 2015

Mount Barker, Great Southern, Western Australia

€18.20 in Alko

Full bodied, tannic. Ripe plum, wild berry, blackberry, liquorice, floral notes, oak.

Hot Tip: seared kangaroo fillet.

Elephant Hill Syrah 2014

Hawke's Bay, New Zealand

€25.16 in Alko

Full bodied, tannic. Dark cherry, ripe plum, light currant, hint of liquorice, oak.

Hot Tip: good with moose casserole. Decant for 1 hour.   

McHenry Hohnen Rocky Road Shiraz 2014

Margaret River, Western Australia

€30.15 in Alko

Full bodied, tannic. Dark cherry, ripe plum, chocolaty, light mocha.

Hot Tip: this one works with a selection of hard cheese.  

Oliver's Taranga Shiraz 2002

McLaren Vale, South Australia

€31.45 in Alko

Full bodied, tannic. Cherry, blackberry, dark chocolate, leather, oak, rich, long finish.

Hot Tip: aged Aussie Shiraz is rare, decant for at least 1 hour and sit back and enjoy. 

Mt Difficulty Bannockburn Pinot Noir 2014

Central Otago, New Zealand

€39.80 in Alko

Medium bodied, medium tannic. Dark cherry, violet, arctic bramble, cinnamon. Balanced, elegant. 

Hot Tip: great with root vegetables or game. Decant. 

Thirsty Bear clothing and tote bags now available...

We have launched a range of Thirsty Bear branded items. 

Follow the link to the online store and you can find men's and women's t-shirts, sweatshirts and tote bags. We hope you like them.

ONLINE STORE