Flemish wine production on the up
Although most people normally associate Flanders with beer, wine production is steadily increasing in the region.
That’s according to a response to a written question tabled by the leader of the Flemish nationalist group in the Flemish Parliament Matthias Dipendaele from the Flemish Prime Minister (who is also Agriculture Minister) Kris Peeters (Christian democrat).
In his answer Mr Peeters writes that 264,288 litres of wine were produced by Flemish vineyards in 2011. This is up from 252,421 litres in 2010.
In 2011 Flanders had a total of 64 vineyards with a total surface area of 84 hectares.
The main wine producing areas are Haspengouw in Limburg (25 ha), Hageland in Flemish Brabant (almost 13 ha) and the Heuvelland area of West Flanders (9.5 ha). Vineyards elsewhere in are region cover an area totalling 13.1 hectares.
As well as the increase in quantity, there has also been a significant increase in the quality of wine produced here. Experts says that climate change is an important factor in the recent improvements to the quality of Flemish wine production.
[Flandersnews.be / Expatica]