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2011

Cutting of steel
The premises of the project
Kids ship
First day at a new job!
Playing green for the Baltic Sea
Cutting of Steel  ceremony photos
Introduction to NB 1376
Let us entertain you
World Design Capital Helsinki 2012
Introducing dSign
LNG is our choice
New website for Viking Line’s Newbuilding 1376
New parts arrive
The race for the new name gets hotter!
The size of the project
Making your dinner unforgettable
The woman making your cabin comfortable
Whatever you desire

Dec

2012

What’s the best experience made of
Viking Line and environment
The name contest is over!
Meet the King of the Kitchen
Viking Line at Matka 2012
Winter in Turku
Expectations for NB 1376
Where the inspiration comes from
WDC Helsinki’s Studio in Helsinki

Jan

2012

The Baltic Sea is our employer
Teenagers, speak out!
Hibox equips Viking Line’s new ferry
Draw your dreamboat
Finally a wonderful name!
She will be called the M/S Viking Grace
The “Grand Block”
Cleaner water, reduced air pollution
AGA to supply liquefied natural gas
AGA to supply liquefied natural gas (LNG)
M/S Viking Grace taking shape
The size of the project gets bigger!
Energy efficiency of M/S Viking Grace
A smoother ride

Feb

2012

Lady of the invitations
Tasteful experiences in the Baltic Sea
Keel laying of M/S Viking Grace
Korpi & Gordon- cabin design with a twist
Introducing the Gantry Crane
Facilitating Movement On-board
What’s your pleasure?
We are looking for more excellent people!
Strong and environmentally sound
The Beauty of The Shipyard

Mar

2012

Meet the officers!
The ferry that enhances day light
In Celebration of Finnish Design
Presenting the finalists
A day in the life of the cruise manager
The ceremonies of shipbuilding

Apr

2012

A day in the life of the cruise manager
The philosophy behind the fashion onboard
The shipyard through the captain’s eyes
The Shipboard Management
Presenting the winner: Mirva Malmgren

May

2012

The man who built Graceland
Creating the show
ABB’s EMMA™ Advisory Suite
Greetings from the Communications!
Teenagers, welcome on board!
The Archipelago – Let’s take care of it!
The Nordic summer

Jun

2012

Garden Party à la M/S Viking Grace
How much do you know about the cabins?
Greetings from the Cruise Manager!

Jul

2012

The launch of M/S Viking Grace
The float out of M/S Viking Grace
M/S Viking Grace arrived at the dock
Creating waves of new sensations
The blueprint of M/S Viking Grace
M/S Viking Grace equipped by Wärtsilä
LNG vs. the Low Sulphur Directive: 1-0
The beauty arrives at the platform
Preserving the archipelago
Giving shape to M/S Viking Grace

Aug

2012

An oasis with the Baltic Sea’s best view
M/S Viking Grace takes actions for maritime safety
Planning Onboard Entertainment
Seven exciting<br />restaurants and bars
Jingle competition!
Seas and swells

Sep

2012

Envisioning and creating M/S Viking Grace
Unforgettable spa experience!
The finalists have been chosen
Greenest ship for conferences on board
We’ve picked a winner!
The other cruise manager has been chosen!
M/S Viking Grace opens her doors
Meetings with beautiful views
Sales of Maiden Voyage started!
The birth of M/S Viking Grace
Introducing the entertainment staff
Entertainment à la M/S Viking Grace

Oct

2012

The drivers’ sauna is warming up!
Tuned in to the digital age
Accelerating the speed!
A fun-filled ferry awaits all kids!
What constitutes excellent customer service?

Nov

2012

Take a peek inside M/S Viking Grace
Accessibility on board is a huge achievement!
How it all started
Safety on board
Christmas at sea

Dec

2013

Worthy uniforms for the flagship of the Baltic
Viking Grace will have its own ecological wines
As one door closes, another wonderful door opens.
Finishing touches
M/S Viking Grace handed over to Viking Line
Sea trial
M/S Viking Grace christening ceremony
Delivery day
Maiden voyage
The birth of M/S Viking Grace

Jan

2013

What are your expectations for M/S Viking Grace?

Feb

2013

A new ship has entered service

Apr

2013

Almost six months in traffic!

May

2013

An international travel service
M/S Viking Grace already hosts one million travellers

Oct

2013

All-inclusive Anniversary Cruise

Nov

2013

Viking Grace Champagne Weeks

Dec

Design

04.01.2013

Viking Grace will have its own ecological wines

Viking Line’s new vessel, the M/ S Viking Grace, will feature a high-quality wine list that will also include the vessel’s own wines: a red, a white, a dessert wine and a champagne.

The vessel’s wines are made by producers who work with ecological or biodynamic cultivation. The Chapoutier, Zind-Humbrecht and Larmandier-Bernier wine houses are old, familiar producers while Château Dudon is a new acquaintance.

The Viking Grace combines handsome design with green values. In keeping with this, we wanted to find classical elegant wines from well-reputed producers,” says Pekka Rajala, who is chairman of Viking Line’s Wine Council. By coincidence, all four choices turned out to be from France.

The vessel’s champagne: Larmandier-Bernier

The Larmandier and Bernier families have been working the vines in the Champagne region since the French Revolution. In 1971 Philippe Larmandier and his wife Elisabeth Bernier founded the current Larmandier-Bernier champagne house, located in the village of Vertus in the southern part of the Côte de Blancs. In 1988 their son Pierre Larmandier took over management of the company. Since 2003 the vineyard has operated according to certified biodynamic principles. The area under cultivation is 15 hectares, located in five villages (Vertus, Cramant, Chouilly, Oger and Avize). Bernier-Larmandier champagne consists of 80 per cent Chardonnay grapes and the rest Pinot Noir. The flavour is sophisticated, gentle and elegant.

The vessel’s white wine: 2009 Herrenweg de Turckheim Riesling

Domaine Zind-Humbrecht was founded in 1959 when Léonard Humbrecht married Geneviève Zind. Their winery is located in Turckheim, Alsace. The Humbrecht family has been growing wines since 1620. Today the domaine is managed by Léonard’s son Olivier Humbrecht, who was the first Frenchman to qualify as a Master of Wine in the U.K. It has 40 hectares of vineyards, located in five villages in the Haut-Rhin. 

Their wines have the qualities that are characteristic of the Alsace region, which are amplified both by painstaking biodynamic cultivation methods and during fermentation. They avoid heavy machinery and advocate manual labour or using beasts of burden. The compost thus generated is used as fertiliser. The vineyard received organic culture (ECOCERT) certification in 1998 and biodynamic producer certification (BIODYVIN) in 2002.

The Herrenweg vineyard is located in Turckheim next to the Fecht river, where the soil is gravel-like, drains easily, is warm and yields an early harvest. The soil in this area may lack minerals because the clay is easily washed away by rainwater. Older grapevines compensate for this, since their deep roots reach down to the nutrients. The biodynamic method of cultivation increases the number of micro-organisms in the soil, releasing minerals. Fermentation of the wine occurs slowly, and some sweetness is preserved. Herrenweg de Turckheim Riesling has a classic floral nose that is specific to these vineyards. Because of the natural warmth of the gravel-like soil, the character of the wine does not risk weakening, and the air also contributes a splash of citrus. Its flavour is very seductive and surprisingly fresh. The elegant finish is a Herrenweg classic.

The vessel’s red wine: Crozes-Hermitage Les Meysonniers BIO

The family-owned Maison M. Chapoutier is one of the best-known wine producers in the Rhône region. Dating back to 1808, it now has 160 hectares of vineyards in the northern Rhône. Chapoutier also owns sizeable properties in Hermitage and has invested in Coteaux d’Aix-en-Provence, Banyuls and South Australia. The business is run by brothers Michel and Marc Chapoutier.


Crozes-Hermitage BIO is an ecological product, made from hand-picked Syrah grapes. The grapevines, which grow on south-facing slopes, are at least 25 years old. The wine is produced according to old, traditional methods and allowed to mature for 12 months before being bottled. Its colour is a deep purplish red, with blackcurrant and raspberry discernible in the nose. Its rich flavour is very fruity and is spiced with a dash of vanilla. This wine is ideal with various kinds of meat dishes.

The vessel’s dessert wine: 2009 Château Dudon 2009 – women’s wine

The best dessert wines are said to come from the Sauternes area of Bordeaux. Château Dudon is a typical vineyard in this area, dating back to the 17th century. During the French Revolution it expanded to 12 hectares. In 1868 the current proprietor family took over Château Dudon. In recent generations, ownership has been passed from parents to daughters. This is why Château Dudon is called a “women’s wine.” The current owner is Evelyne Allien.


The ecologically cultivated grapes are gathered in September–October, when only the ripest fruits are picked. In this way they have time to develop a favourable “noble rot” with the help of the Botrytis fungus, as well as to shrivel and achieve a high sugar content. During fermentation, the sugar content is reduced to about 110 g/litre. This sweetness, the noble rot, a 20-month fermentation process in oak barrels and old, traditional methods enable the wine to last for decades and gives them the characteristic flavour of Sauternes.

The wine is golden yellow in colour, with a nose of exotic fruits and honey. The wine has a long finish, with a touch of caramelized orange peel, saffron and spices. The 50 cl bottle is an optimal size for cellaring but also for serving a small group of guests.

Viking Line has an ongoing competition for Finnish art students, who have been asked to design a series of four labels for the vessel’s wines.

Read more about the winner, Mirva Malmgren here »