Dutch Wine


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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  • 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...

  • Rondo

  • Melon

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

  • Chardonnay

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

Subregions of Netherlands

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  • 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 De Linie

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

  • 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

  • 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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    Wine review by ambertides

  • Chocovine Chocolate Wine 2006


    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


    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


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

    Wine review by choccco

  • After visiting my family in The Netherlands, we always stock up on wine in France on our way back to the UK. We have decided to start a record of the wines we bought and what we think of them, but also would like to compare with how the wine was actually described. Does anyone know what does "La bouche est souple et toute en finesse" mean? Read More

    Forum post in the topic French description of wine

  • Hi Snoothers,I am from Amsterdam, Netherlands and have recently become intensely fascinated by wine. Did a wine course during the spring and have taken the advice of my teacher (make good wine mileage) very seriously.French and German wines have been my primary "study objects" thus far, but I am adding new regions / countries to the mix continuo... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Wine mileage

  • Choco Vine NV


    We tried Chocovine at a wine bar restaurant in our town and saw it a few weeks later at a wine tasting. We think it's an excellent after-dinner dessert wine and had a very smooth finish. We recommend everyone try it at least once. If nothing else, it's a great conversational wine at parties. I'm excited to try it blended with ice, as well. It's ... Read More

    Wine review by PrescriptionXXX

  • Choco Vine NV


    Chocovine is sweet success: it pummels spirited counterparts (such as baily's) with a velvety cream, chocolate and caramel flavors. I found it at Merchant's Fine WIne (local wine store, Dearborn, MI). Label design and bottle looked iffy, but the gal at the register convinced me and now I'm hooked! It's half the cost of the alternative liquors, s... Read More

    Wine review by Alternate Axis

  • Chocovine Chocolate & Wine Product of Holland


    hi i just got a bottle of chocovine from holland as a gift it was great !! the color was like a milky chocolate the smell like vodka and chocolate i could not believe how sweet and bold taste it had i would put a small glass in frezer then serve maybe ? after dinner . Read More

    Wine review by gabby24

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