Wijngoed De Reestlandhoeve

Wijngoed De Reestlandhoeve

The Netherlands

"By means of classical music we influence the vines."

Turning a problem into an opportunity

The Reest Valley is known for its peace and quiet, far away from the hustle and bustle of city life. The winding Reest River flows through the landscape here like a lifeline. In this beautiful part of the Netherlands, John Huisman took over his parents' dairy farm. Together with his wife Wilma, he turned it into an organic dairy farm until disaster struck and he suffered a severe hernia.

John, Wilma and their son Bas at Dutch winery Wijngoed De Reestlandhoeve

He was advised to switch to another type of job. However, this challenge also presented an opportunity to put a new spin on the business. Eventually they came up with the, perhaps not the most obvious, idea of starting a vineyard. Problem solved!

Entrance to the vineyards of Wijngoed De Reestlandhoeve

Dutch organic wines

At Wijngoed De Reestlandhoeve, they strive to make organic wines. For this reason, modern, hybrid grape varieties such as Johanniter and Solaris were planted to make white wines. Johanniter is one of the most successful grape varieties in the Netherlands. It is a versatile variety that produces both dry white wines and high-quality sparkling wines.

Regent grape variety at Wijngoed De Reestlandhoeve

Regent and Muscat Bleu are used at De Reestlandhoeve for making red wines. Regent is a popular choice for making Dutch red wines and full-bodied rosé wines.

Wildflowers attract many butterflies in the vineyards of Wijngoed De Reestlandhoeve

The grapes are grown organically and biodynamically as much as possible. This means, for example, that they do not use artificial fertilizers or chemical herbicides.

Serenading grapes with classical music in the vineyards

Wilma is also trained as a classical homeopath and that has everything to do with the the music you hear while walking in the vineyard. Homeopathy has to do with frequencies, which are linked to music. So the use of baroque music in the vineyard is not just an aesthetic choice but above all an analytical one.

Signs in the vineyards explain the philosophy of Wijngoed De Reestlandhoeve

Research shows that certain sound vibrations and frequencies can have a positive influence on plant growth. Does it influence the taste of their wines at all? You'll have to judge for yourself!

Speakers are well hidden in the vineyards of Wijngoed De Reestlandhoeve

Visiting Reestdal valley

Winery Wijngoed De Reestlandhoeve is located on the provincial border of Overijssel and Drenthe in ‘Het Reestdal’, the valley of the river Reest. Local provincial authorities preserve large stretches of nature in this area because of its unique and unspoilt character.

Alternate rows of wildflowers in the vineyards of Wijngoed De Reestlandhoeve

Meadows, historical farms, forests… experience this beautiful rural and peaceful part of the Netherlands by bike or go for a walk. Nearby you find cities like Dedemsvaart, Hoogeveen and Hardenberg that received city rights already in 1362! 

Hoofdweg 21
7707 RB Balkbrug
The Netherlands

+31 (0)523 648 612
+31 (0)6 1106 7218

Additional features

Online shop
Winery tour & tasting only Sat (make online reservation)
Bottle shop open Mon-Tue and Thu-Sat 10:00-17:00 (In Jan-Febr closed on Sat)
Outside seating
Free parking

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