Think tulips, cheese, beer, think of The Netherlands – now add wine

on 27/10/10 at 11:25 pm


Amsterdam – Tulips and tomatoes, cheese from Mrs Antje, hash and Heineken. These are the first things that many people think of when they consider the Netherlands. What about wine? Can the drink of the gods really be produced from the earth of the often rainy flatland behind the dykes?

‘Why not, then?’ dairyman Gerhard Ensing asked himself a few years ago.

He had read an item in a newspaper about a new fungus-and frost-resistant type of grape in Germany. He applied his technical knowledge and radically converted his dairy farm into a vineyard. Today Ensing’s winery Hesselink in Achterhoek near the border with Germany delivers wine to top restaurants as well as to the business class customers of the Dutch airline KLM.

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