Wijngaard Apostelhoeve

Wijngaard Apostelhoeve

The Netherlands

"Wijngaard Apostelhoeve started as early as in 1970, which makes us the oldest commercial winery in the Netherlands."

Oldest commercial vineyard in The Netherlands

Perhaps the most well known, one of the largest and certainly oldest commercial vineyard in the Netherlands is located in the southern province of Limburg. In this area winemaking dates back to Roman times, but due to a number of circumstances the vines disappeared completely for centuries.

The renaissance of winemaking in Limburg started when the first vines were planted in 1970 where apple and pear trees once grew. The family-owned farm now cultivates various grape varieties on fourteen hectares. At present three Hulst generations are working at winery Wijngaard Apostelhoeve, which is a unique situation for a Dutch winery and not even very common abroad.

Vineyards of Dutch winery Wijngaard Apostelhoeve, located right outside Maastricht.

Dutch wines from Limburg

The vineyards of probably the most well known Dutch wine brand, are located just outside Maastricht on the lower southern slopes of the Louwberg in the valley of the Jeker river. The calcareous soil is made up of loess, marl and gravel.

In combination with the low-lying vineyard, a slight temperature rise and the experience of winemaker Mathieu Hulst, these factors have ensured that Wijngaard Apostelhoeve produces white wines of high quality. The range of still and Traditional Method sparkling white wines are made from classic grape varieties like Riesling, Auxerrois, Pinot Gris and Müller Thurgau

Mergelland Protected Designation of Origin

In the beginning of 2018 Mergelland received a PDO (Protected Designation of Origin) status because of its unique geographical situation and the excellent conditions for winemaking in this southern part of the Netherlands.

In a short timeframe the province of Limburg has acquired multiple PDO’s for winemaking! Who said winemaking in the Netherlands is not possible?

Top view over the vineyards of Wijngaard Apostelhoeve

Visiting Maastricht

A visit to Wijngaard Apostelhoeve is excellent to combine with a visit to nearby historical Maastricht, a city that dates back to Roman times. The city center is the place to be if you like shopping, art, fashion, design, museums and markets. Above all people like to enjoy the good life here so finding a good restaurant to satisfy your taste buds should not be a problem.

The south of Limburg is also home to a number of breweries and quite a few craft food producers. Other nearby wineries are Domein De Wijngaardsberg and just across the border you might want to pay a visit to Belgian winery Wijnkasteel Genoels-Elderen.

Susserweg 201
6213 NE Maastricht
The Netherlands

+31 (0)43 3432264

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Wijnkasteel Genoels-Elderen

Wijnkasteel Genoels-Elderen

The foundations of Wijnkasteel 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. In 1990 this winery started the renaissance of winemaking in Belgium by planting the first vines again. What began merely as a hobby turned into an impressive winery.

Domein De Wijngaardsberg

Domein De Wijngaardsberg

Winemaking in The Netherlands, some new and foolish idea? Be surprised... the oldest evidence of winemaking in The Netherlands can be found in the southern province of Limburg.

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Wijndomein Aldeneyck

Wijndomein Aldeneyck used to be a fruit company. Karel Henckens and his wife Tine decided that life could perhaps be more beautiful when, instead of just growing apples and pears, they grew grapes and made wine.