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July 23, 2010

Domein Hof Te Dieren Wijngaard, A Dutch Vineyard…

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Summer in The Netherlands means a range of end-of-school-year activities, Social invitations, visitors and travel near and far around the city we live in.

Whilst delivering Kiwidutch daughter to a holiday event  in the Veluwe in the East of The Netherlands recently we stumbled upon several interesting places that we wanted to explore on the return trip.

This is how we came to be visiting the Domein Hof Te Dieren Wijngaard just outside the village of Dieren.

The Domein Hof Te Dieren building was first referenced in literature 1168, with an attached farm.

By 1647 it had evolved into it’s most well known structure, and the historic estate become a “jachtslot” (hunting castle) and was well used by Prince Willem II but in 1795 it burned down.

In 1822, it was rebuilt but burned down a second time in the closing years of World War II.

There has been subsequent talk of rebuilding it yet again but nothing has come of this plan to date.

Today this is the Netherlands largest walled vineyard, it’s total area of 3 hectares enclosed on three sides specifically built to provide a warmer climate.
The North and West winds are almost totally screened out and the wall gathers the warmth of the day and radiates it out at night.

The first grape harvest was in 2005. There are 10 organic grape varieties, 6 for wine and 4 for consumption.

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On set Sunday’s in the month, the vineyard hosts a market of locally made items… ( sadly we missed it by one day)

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Cool coat hangers in the hallway..

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And beautiful flower head by the entrance…

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The vineyard also offers tours and wine tastings for groups up to 15 people.

We buy a bottle of red and a bottle of white to take home with us.  We’ve tried the red,  it’s a full fruity taste, but personally for us it has rather a too strong acidic after-taste. It’s drinkable but not one of the best wines we have ever had. Still, it was nice to have tried wine from a Dutch vineyard and to see what it’s like.

Domein Hof Te Dieren Wijngaard  // Youp en Riet Cretier  // Arnhemsestraatweg 16    // 6953AX  // Dieren   // Tel: 06  223 99 642    // Website: http://www.domeinhoftedieren.nl/index.htm (Dutch language only)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

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