The Next Round: What happens after you change your drinking?
Cognato was born in 2018 with the idea of creating an elegant and delicious alcohol-free wine that would complement a wide range of foods – something that cousins David Sommestad and Adam Malmnäs felt there was a real need for. Both David and Adam had been to countless dinners and parties where the alcohol-free alternative tended to be limited to water, sodas and sometimes alcohol-free beer.
After a lot of research, they found the perfect production partners in South Africa and set about creating the first vintage of Cognato in 2019. A big challenge was creating an alcohol-free wine that was as close as possible to a ‘normal’ wine, whilst at the same time keeping the sugar levels low.
Cognato Rosé and Cognato Red were launched on the Swedish market in June 2019 via the Swedish state monopoly (Systembolaget), with Cognato White following later. Both were well received by both the public and various food and wine journalists.
In 2020 Cognato became a Fairtrade-certified wine producer. They believe in providing fair and sustainable working conditions for all involved in the production of their wines. By having a fully Fairtrade-certified supply chain they can assure that these principles are followed throughout the production of their wines.