The Netherlands, a country more commonly associated with tulips and windmills, has been quietly making waves in the winemaking world. Situated between Belgium and Germany, this small European nation is home to a rapidly expanding selection of wineries captivating the palates of wine enthusiasts around the globe.
After a wine course on Dutch wine at the Amsterdam Wine Festival at Gashouder and a recent trip to Maastricht to taste some fine wines, I was inspired to learn more about wine in the Netherlands. Plus, I recently came off a trip touring the Rhine Valley, tasting a variety of German wines. Last year, I visited several spots in Burgundy and the Champagne Region of France.
One thing I love about wine and beer tourism is the ability to consider a country’s climate and culture evident in producing these beverages. Here are some Dutch wines we tasted at the Amsterdam Wine Festival, except the far right bottle from Spain. We tasted this to contrast against red wine from the Netherlands.
With an increasing number of vineyards in every Dutch province, it’s becoming clear that the Netherlands is an up-and-coming wine destination worth exploring, particularly in light of climate change, where northern climates are becoming more favorable for winemaking.
In recent years, winemakers in the Netherlands have been honing their craft and producing exceptional wines that stand proudly alongside their European counterparts. The beautiful city of Maastricht, in particular, boasts an impressive winery scene and grape varieties, including the renowned Wijngaard Apostelhoeve.
This picturesque region, with its lush vineyards and stunning landscapes of the North Sea, offers a compelling reason to extend one weekend’s travels beyond Amsterdam’s bustling streets and canals. The Netherlands may not be the first country that comes to mind when thinking about wine, but this beautiful land is home to some delightful wineries and vineyards.
With the quality of Dutch wine improving tremendously in the past two decades, it is time to explore the hidden gems of the Netherlands’ wine regions. These are some Dutch vineyards producing some of the best tasting wine in the country.
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