Vines have been cultivated in Holland since Roman times. The early wine growers were based mainly in the more southerly red loam soil in Limburg, but today our country boasts over 150 commercial vineyards. Most of these are found on sandy soil in Gelderland and hilly Limburg, but today beautiful wines are created even in Groningen.
Suitable grape varieties
The total Dutch production amounts to about 900,000 litres of red and white wines. However, because our country’s climate is not suitable for the traditional grape varieties, such as Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon, the Dutch mainly grow hardier grape varieties that are better suited to the cold. These are classic varieties like the Pinot Blanc, Pinot Gris and Chardonnay as well as younger varieties like the Regent, Cabernet Cantor, Pinotin, Riesel and Cabernet Blanc.
Visiting a vineyard?
If you want to visit one of Holland’s vineyards, there are many places to go. Ask the local tourist (VVV) office for information and they will tell you where to go. Please note that you generally have to call in advance to make an appointment if you want to visit a vineyard.