The foundations of the château of Genoels-Elderen, in the Belgium province of Limburg, date back to Roman times. The Romans knew already that the conditions for winemaking were really good in this area because the property used to have 25 hectares of vineyards back then. In 1990 it was this winery that started the renaissance of winemaking in Belgium by planting the first vines again. What started merely as a hobby turned into an impressive winery.
Amsterdam might have some major and well known beer producers, but craft brewery Brouwerij ’t IJ, founded in the mid-80s, was one of the first to brew well-crafted beers in Belgian style.
Stokerij Sculte is a small craft distillery, located in a former monastry in Ootmarsum in the region Twente, close to the German border. Founder Gerard Velthuis started distilling fruit in 2004 and won several awards at prestigious competitions like the Destillata in Austria.