After my recent trip to the Dutch vineyards, I learned a few more nuances related to winemaking in the country:
- Although the first vines were brought to Holland by the ancient Romans, the winemaking was of little interest to the Dutch, this business was long considered to be hopeless. So modern production exists for about a couple of decades.
Of course, this is incomparable with the centuries-old traditions of France and Italy, but the wine tastes more than good.
- Due to the conditions of growing grapes, the minimum price of one bottle starts from 12-15 euros, which does not attract the average Dutch consumers. Winemakers say that it’s sad. People do not appreciate domestic product, preferring cheaper options and being fully confident that foreign wines are of better quality.
Well, the French have spent tons of time and money to prove to the world that their product is the best. It is difficult to compete with them.
- All the vineyards are small enough. The largest is 10 hectares.
World giants smile condescendingly, and experts say that for the quality of wine the size of the vineyard is doesn’t matter.
- Most of the families-owners of vineyards are winemakers in the first generation.
- Dutch wines are extremely difficult to find even in local restaurants. The most reliable way to taste and evaluate is to come to the vineyard.
6. Two thirds of Dutch wine is white, made mostly from Johanniter, common sort of the grape, super resistant to the cold weather. Usually it gives light colour and delicate fruit note.
Cheers Johanniter! Viva l’Olanda!