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The climate in the Netherlands, or Holland, is too cool and damp to produce quality wine. However the Dutch have been very active in the European wine market through the centuries, with their geographic location perfectly positioned as a prime merchant port for German and French wines. In addition, the Dutch have heavily influenced the production of South African wines. The Dutch settled there in the 17th century and established many wineries throughout the country, and also the Koöperatieve Wijnbouwers Vereniging van Zuid-Afrika Bpkt (KWV) in 1918. First developed as massive wine cooperative, this became the regulating force in the South African Wine industry. 
 
But while wine is not a big Dutch export, the Netherlands is known for gin. Jenever (Genever in Belgium), the name derived from juniper, which is the main botanical ingredient, was first produced in the 16th century. Chemist Sylvius de Bouve is attributed as the first to distill malt wine and add juniper to mask Read more »

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Popular wines made in Netherlands under $20

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Varietals Produced in Netherlands View all

  • Melon

    In the 1970s and 1980s, in a period when varietal accuracy on wine labels was often a secondary thought much of what ...

  • Rondo

  • Chardonnay

    British wine writer and critic, Jancis Robinson, once noted that throughout the 80’s and 90’s in the United States, C...

  • Regent

    This red wine is a recent cross of white (Mueller-Thurgau and Sylvaner) and red (Chambourcin) grapes. Regent is named...

  • Pinot Noir

    “With so voluptuous a perfume, so sweet an edge, they make the blood run hot,” Joel Fleischman, wine columnist at Van...

Subregions of Netherlands

Popular Wineries in Netherlands View all

  • Wijngaard De Linie

    In the small Dutch village of Made wine growing has taken place at vineyard "De Linie" since 1977...

  • Senior Curaçao Liqueur

    The different climate and soil conditions however changed this juicy fruit to a kind of bitter, ...

  • PINT

    PINT The association was founded on October 14, 1980. The goal was and is the Dutch beer culture ...

  • Apostelhoeve

    W have done our best all the useful and nice information on the Apostelhoeve on this site to gath...

  • Wijngaard Baan (H.E. Baan)

    We know that on the ground where we started, 10 meterswith the Dutch vineyard above sea level, fo...

  • WijnHuis

    In the heart of the vineyards AOC Saint Chinian is located on a hill, about 100 m altitude, the C...

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Netherlands on Snooth

  • Europa Chocovine Chocolate & Wine NV

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    Wine review by tjauquet


  • So...I am very much into soccer and world cup time is special to me, watching ... Today semi final Uruguay - Netherlands. I always liked Uruguay, very nice people, kind of a smaller version or Argentina, without the attitude. So as I had some shopping to do in the morning I came over a Tannat from Uruguay that I tried before and liked / Isla d... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Uruguay, Tannat


  • Choco Vine NV

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    Very bad. disgusting. like Quik and bad wine. we reviewed it on our tasting vlog http://www.wineweirdos.com Read More

    Wine review by wineweirdos


  • Chocovine Chocolate & Wine Product of Holland

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    This is DELICIOUS!!!! I love to drink after dinner or before I go to bed as a dessert...wouldn't drink all evening like a chardonnay, this is rich! Will always have on hand.ts Read More

    Wine review by nannersfor23


  • Choco Vine NV

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    Had this wine last evening after a cookoff. It was given to us as a token gift and we had tastings at the pool. It was great and gone quickly. Nice dessert wine for certain occassions. Read More

    Wine review by honeask


  • Choco Vine NV

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    I just tried this at a wine tasting at a wine shop in Portland, ME, and was a little apprehensive, but it was so good! It actually tasted like a rich hot chocolate and I think this would be perfect warmed up on a winter day. This would also be great to mix with hard liquor for a delicious martini. Read More

    Wine review by dragongirl777


  • Portmans Fine Ruby NV

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    Available from Budgens, Londis. Super value and makes a fantastic sangria base in the summer or mulled wine base in the winter Read More

    Wine review by kazzz


  • Choco Vine NV

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    the most amazing "wine" i have ever tasted. "awesome"; a great dessert or social wine. i gave bottles to two different friends independently and both had the same initial reaction. it was "oh my god". everyone i have given it to has flipped out over it. i rate it a 10 Read More

    Wine review by afigtree01


  • Chocovine

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    Love Read More

    Wine review by over21


  • Europa Chocovine Chocolate & Wine NV

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    If you do not like chocolate, don't bother! This one is so very very sweet and chocolaty. sp? Be careful it has cream so it will only have 6 months shelf life and it carries a bit more punch with 14 % by vol. but it is so good! The dutch chocolate really over powers the grape wine. Actually all I could taste was the chocolate. Darn! hehe. ... Read More

    Wine review by ladyjane70


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