Freja The Name
The name Freja is both a tribute to both the majestic Burgundy region of France where great Pinot Noir has its origins and to the Scandinavian nomads who first settled this area.
In Norse mythology, Freja is a goddess of love and fertility, and the most beautiful and propitious of the deities of Vanir. She is the patron of crops and birth, the symbol of sensuality.
She is the blonde haired, blue eyed wife of the mysterious god Od (probably another form of Odin) who disappeared, causing her to cry tears that later changed to gold. Often she is depicted wearing a cloak of bird feathers, which allows her to change into a falcon, and a beautiful necklace of the Brishings. This was given to her by dwarves, which the Norse still refer to as the Milky Way.
Freja is peacemaker and the bride of fallen heroes. Riding her chariot pulled by cats through battlefields, she divides the slain with Odin: half go to palace Sessrumnir, while the other half goes to Valhalla.
At times she rode Odin’s famous horse Sleipner(depicted on the front label). In Teutonic mythology, she was fused with the goddess Frigg. Friday is named for her.