Close to nature
Growing up in Stockholm, Sweden, Claes spent many summers with his grandparents in a small village in the south of the country close to nature. Here he would play for hours with the neighbor’s son building treehouses and exploring the woods. It was also here that his interest in flavoring spirits was born. Claes would tag along with his grandfather as he foraged and picked different types of herbs to flavor his vodka (or brännvin) in the Northern tradition. This experience greatly influenced the way Claes later decided to flavor his own Virtuous Vodka. Claes remembers being passionate about food and flavor from as long as he remembers. He was one of those kids that truly enjoyed lunch at pre-school, but would be slightly disappointed when the sauce was made without wine.
Creativity & vision
Claes went on to study and work in a number of fields that interested him. His passion for food remained strong, and he was able to learn the art of cooking by working and learning alongside various chefs, eventually becoming a chef himself. This culinary path led him to launch Virtuous Vodka ten years ago.
Since then, Claes has remained a creative and visionary force of nature. His next project, constructing the world’s most climate-smart restaurant, has taken years of planning. Luckily, Claes doesn´t give up easily! His restaurant will have its own greenhouse to grow ingredients as well as many other planet-friendly solutions. We can’t wait to visit for great food and Virtuous drinks once it’s open. To find out more and follow Claes’s progress, visit https://stenmarks.se.
In the meantime, Claes is also keeping his cooking skills sharp by making delicious pizza for fellow food lovers in an oven built in his backyard. If you happen to be nearby Skegrie, Sweden, make sure to pre-order and try them. We hear they’re really something special. Visit https://stenmark.bokamera.se to learn more.
Organic—for our planet and for taste
Organic is not only kind to our planet, it also tastes so much better. Both of these things are very important to Claes. So of course, Virtuous Vodka is organic.