There is no wine culture in Holland

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11 October 2007, DREISCHOR – The quality of wine grown in the Netherlands is improving but experts feel it is still early days to call it high quality wine. "Dutch wine lacks complexity and body," wine experts Jan van Lissum and Peter Klosse argue.

11 October 2007

DREISCHOR – The quality of wine grown in the Netherlands is improving but experts feel it is still early days to call it high quality wine. "Dutch wine lacks complexity and body," wine experts Jan van Lissum and Peter Klosse argue.

Vineyard De Kleine Schorre in Dreischor in the province of Zeeland had a party on Wednesday to mark the success of Dutch wine. The vineyard’s 'Schouwen Duiveland blanc 2006' will be served in the business class of KLM-Air France.

"This is the very best thing that can happen to a wine farmer in the Netherlands," said the still young wine grower Johan van der Velde from Dreischor. When the wine buyer for KLM happened to drink a glass of our wine in Zierikzee, he was completely sold. And that’s how he found the way to our vineyard. Van de Velde hopes to become the largest vineyard in the Netherlands.

There are meanwhile 137 vineyards of 1,000 square metres in the Netherlands. The number of vineyards in the north of the country in particular has grown during the past few years, while the climate for growing grapes is not as good as that in the south of the country. "Lots of experiments are carried out with the growing of new races of grapes that thrive in that type of climate," Van Lissum said. Besides being a publisher of wine magazines, he also organises wine competitions and makes wine.


He is following the developments with interest, "but we should not exaggerate. Recently I saw on TV that Dutch wine is supposed to be super and that it is a hype to drink it. That goes too far for me. The wines are becoming more acceptable but you cannot compare Dutch wine with wine from Spain or France." Moreover, the wine is too expensive. A bottle costs between EUR 8 and EUR 12.

[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2007]
Subject: Dutch news

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