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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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Varietals Produced in Netherlands View all

  • Pinot Noir

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

  • Rondo

  • Chardonnay

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

  • Melon

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

  • Regent

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

Subregions of Netherlands

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  • PINT

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

  • Senior Curaçao Liqueur

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

  • 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...

  • Wijngaard De Linie

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

  • 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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  • 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


  • Choco Vine NV

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    its absolutely amazing. i never buy impulsively but tried it at a tasting in World Market. i requested a bottle imnmediately and continue to buy it. i hope that the company continues to do its tastings....any one who tries it will purchase it. i couldnt get the bottle back when i took it to a party recently....well, i did, but there was hardly a... Read More

    Wine review by RIPlayne2002


  • Europa Chocovine Chocolate & Wine NV

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    I Love this wine! It is chocolaty, smooth and decadent! It goes great with a fine chocolate candy or a desert such as baklava or baked brie with raspberries and almonds...love, love, love it! Read More

    Wine review by thefryegirl2u


  • Europa Chocovine Chocolate & Wine NV

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    I Love this wine! It is chocolaty, smooth and decadent! It goes great with a fine chocolate candy or a desert such as baklava or baked brie with raspberries and almonds...love, love, love it! Read More

    Wine review by thefryegirl2u


  • Choco Vine NV

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    Yummy, but crazy calories! If Chocovine is comparable to Bailey's in terms of cream and calorie content, then one standard 5 oz. wine serving has over 400 calories!! I've contacted their customer service and they refuse to give our calorie or nutrition content. Suspicious! Try it yourself: info@chocovine.com Read More

    Wine review by blankbottle


  • The Toasted Hostess brings her toasted twists to the passion and pleasures of ... - a little taste of the Netherlands with a blending of rich Dutch Chocolate and fine French Cabernet, Chocovino is sweet addition to an evening of love. And then, bring on the bubbles - bubbles say love, right? Well The Jumping Grape is a sparkling wine from... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Valentine Wine by 182332The Corkscrew Diary 182332 The Corkscrew Diary


  • Chocovine Chocolate & Wine 2006

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    No written review

    Wine review by ambertides


  • Chocovine Chocolate & Wine 2006

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    Yum! Just the thing for us chocoholics. Not quite as sweet as Kalua, just perfect for that little "treat" Read More

    Wine review by kory Schue


  • Choco Vine NV

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    We just purchased a bottle of Choco vine. There's no bitterness... just a creamy smooth chocolate carmel flavor. I just sent my husband out to purchase a dozen more bottles. It's just another reason why I like Holland. Read More

    Wine review by SatinDoll


  • Choco Vine NV

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    I haven't tried it yet. I do like the tulips on the label, though. Read More

    Wine review by choccco


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