Pure honey is like a travel guide to fascinating places all over the world. It enables us to discover the natural taste of each region in a very convenient way -
spoon by spoon. From the North of Finland to the South of Greece, we have carefully selected honeys and partnered with local beekeepers to offer you the most enjoyable and unique delights. This
range will be extended step by step over the next months!
Please find the detailed description of all these items in our webshop below.
Our range of Austrian honeys is mainly based on the competence and passion of one migrant beekeeper, bee expert and book author: Johannes Gruber. During long and
intense discussions as well as many "real" excursions into the Austrian honey world, we listened, learned and finally listed some of the most exciting honeys that the fascinating diversity of
Austrian landscapes and beekeeping skills offer.
Here comes one of the most powerful forest honeys we've ever tasted in the Alpine region. The bee hives are located in the Stuhleck region, about 1250m asl, where the weather changes quickly and dramatically. The dark brown honey remains liquid for a long time; it offers a unique rich and strong taste spectrum inclunding wet leather and musk. A honey for the passionate honey enthusiast. Organic.
This is another forest honey specialty of Johannes Gruber. It is harvested from hives located in a very remote area of the Steiermark, close to spruce forests at an altitude of 700m asl. Beekeeping in this region has already been done by his father, and Johannes surely knows how to turn this long experiencs and his own competence and passion into an outstanding spruce forest honey.
A very special honey, intense and rare. In certain years, forest honey cristallizes quickly within the honeycomb and thus cannot be harvested. Experienced beekeepers like Johannes Gruber manage to take a certain amount of this so-called melezitose honey and feed it to the bees so they can make it liquid again (DF stands for double fermented). The result is an extremely concentrated, tasty honey which is only available in very limited quantities.
Taste: Malty, musk, spicy
Color: Dark brown
Consistency: Remains liquid for about one year after the harvest
There are many fascinating honey varieties in France, especially in the South. Lavender honey is surely one of the best known and typical honeys, and we're happy to include this unique taste experience in our international range.
Lavender Honey is a very special delight, a true taste of its own. The best lavender honeys are harvested in the Provence, a region in Southern France, where the climate provides perfect conditions for this plant. Bees simply love lavender blossoms as one can recognize every summer watching the huge amounts of bees that visit lavender for its nectar.
We always wanted to know how honey from the Northern regions of Europe tastes. Now we were able to combine the search for outstanding Northern honey and the love
for islands with this wonderful Parainen island flower honey.
There are more than 10'000 small islands in the Southwest of Finland, remote and untouched in their natural beauty. This honey is made by beekeeper Nora Mäntysaari, a very passionate and skilled female beekeeper who has already won several awards for her top-quality-honeys.
Taste: fascinating broad range of island sommer blossoms with a longlasting smooth and sweet clover finishing
Color: bright yellow with a nice greenish accent
Texture: now still liquid, will cristallize after a few months
There are some very good reasons why honey plays such an important part in Greece, both in ancient times and today. Apart from health aspects, there are outstanding rich and intense flavors that one can discover from carefully selected Greek honey specialties.
Here is what honey expert Pieris Nicola says about Greek honey:
"Greece has a long history of traditional beekeeping and many European countries consider Greek honey to be one of the best in the world (definitely one of the tastiest). Many Greek honeys are not heated or heavily filtered and the bees are not sugar fed. When the bees get ill they are treated with herbs. Greece is not an industrial country so there are vast areas of unpolluted and unspoilt landscape for the bees to forage. The Greek land consists of forests and wild ecosystems. Greece has a wide biodiversity of flora which includes more than 6,000 species. Many of these species are herbs that are aromatic (with a high essential oil content) and medicinal.And then you have the dry and warm climate of Greece.
All this results in a honey that is viscous with a district
consistency and strong scented taste. For example, I have tried other honeydew honeys from around the world (including Italy) but none of them taste like Greek honeydew honey. Especially Greek
Vanilla Fir Honey. Another example is Thyme honey in Greece which is better than any other Mediterranean variety. Heather is a good example. Greek Heather is rich and full of pollen with a fudge
like taste and lingering bitter notes. Scottish Heather is similar to Scandinavian Heather (which is thixotropic with a smokey taste) and although they are a different variety they do not compare
in taste to Greek Heather. Again, Arbutus in places like Sardinia is nice and strong but the Greek variety is thicker and more pleasant to consume. Same applies to Greek Oak tree honey with its
amazing taste. I personally love many honeys from around the world but in terms of taste the Greek honeys are at the top end of the
After a long search and evaluation of several beekeepers in Greece, we decided to work with the 37 years old Kiriakos Viros from Epirus. He has been professionally and exclusively involved with organic beekeeping the last seven years. Here is what KIriakos says about his passion:
"I got my first five hives because I wanted quality food for me and my family. Soon the beekeeping captured my attention and won me over. As I started to learn more and more about the bees, I was taken aback by their perfect biology and their enormous contribution to the ecosystem. I am always on the lookout for the best varieties of honey that unspoiled Greek nature has to offer. As a result I have watched swarms of bees fly around orgasmically in order to collect the nectar and the pollen from the flowers so that they can produce their sweet gifts for us.
The decision to practice organic beekeeping was an only option for me.That is where my respect for nature led me and the effort to leave the smallest ecological imprint with my choices. I coherently implement the standards and practices of organic beekeeping.
Therefore I refuse to use antibiotics and pesticides, I protect the pureness and naturalness of the beehives’ microcosm and strengthen the life cycle of the bees so that they can produce their top quality products with magical precision and method.
In the context of ecological practices:
· I am coping with bees’ illnesses with organic methods.
· I seasonally transfer my apiaries in mountainous areas and always away from damaged ecosystems, spraying areas and conventional farming.
· For the nutritional needs of the bees during the winter months, I only use organic honey. In other words, the same honey they produce during the autumn remains inside the beehive in order to meet their needs in the winter.
· A fundamental principle of the organic beekeeping is the exclusive use of my own organic wax for the creation of honeycomb’s sheets as well as the exclusive use of natural materials for the construction and the protection of the beehives.
· Finally, the honey I produce is raw. It is not heated or filtered with artificial methods but only with its own natural clarification
inside the barrels. That way, in conjunction with all the previous parameters, the honey I collect is totally natural as if it has just been collected from a beehive in the wilderness. Every
stage of the production process as well as my finished products are inspected and certified by BioHelles, the authorized Certification and Inspection Body for organic products."
Take a stroll into the remote oak forests of Northern Greece with this intense honey. It offers a fascinating broad variety of tastes and an impressive, almost black color that differientiates it from other forest honeys. Made by the 37-year old beekeeper Kiriakos Viros and sold exclusively for Switzerland at alpuris.
Sweet herbal garden in a glass, full of exciting taste experiences. Strong and surprising, an exciting and fascinating discovery produced by the organic beekeeper Kiriakos Viros in the mountain areas of Northern Greece. All natural, not heated, not microfiltered - as pure as it can get.
We are very happy to offer this outstanding heather honey variety from the mountains in Northern Greece. It provides you with a rich and broad range of surprising tastes: it is spicy and sweet at the same time, strong and complex with an intense fruity and herbal aftertaste. Made by Kiriakos Viros. Organic.
In this even bigger box you can add up to 6 honeys - same or different varieties - which are available in 85g 3 oz glasses from our range. It's all up to you which honeys in which quantity you want to put together in this handmade ecological box. It's a great gift, but also a great chance to enjoy a selection of our unique honeys by yourself. Glass sizes fit customs regulations for handluggage - a great gift to bring along, honey doesn't melt and it is a 100% all natural Swiss produce!
This is our pride and joy, a complete box for 12 Swiss Alpine Honeys which represent the entire Swiss Alpine Honey regions. The box can also be used for any kind of compilation, e.g. with our jam or praline-hazelnut-cremes (see www.alpuris.com for more info).
MEDIUM SIZE GIFTBOX fits one, individual 250g/8.8oz, 280g/10oz or 500g/17.6 oz glass. Boxes will be sent assembled with wood wool and ready to be used as a nice and cute present. We are happy to add individual finishings or inlays e.g. for corporate uses or events upon request, just talk to us. Crafted by an Austrian family company in the Alps. The wood for these boxes is certified eco-friendly and purely european.
LARGE TRIPPLE JAR GIFTBOXES fits three jars from 85 to 300g (8.50 CHF box) and from 85g to 500g (9.00 CHF box). You can also mix jars of different sizes in these sturdy boxes which will be sent assembled with wood wool and ready to be used as a nice and cute present. We are happy to add individual finishings or inlays e.g. for corporate uses or events upon request, just talk to us. Crafted by an Austrian family company in the Alps. The wood for these boxes is certified eco-friendly and purely european.