Château Bon Baron
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Château Bon Baron

Belgium

"Our plants in the vineyards attract good insects which eat the bad ones..."

Nothing new about this

Just like in the southern Dutch province of Limburg, winemaking is nothing new in the Walloon region of Belgium. Historical evidence shows that winemaking near the village of Profondeville, where the vineyards of Château Bon Baron are located, dates back to as far as 1018. The reasons why winemaking in both countries disappeared for a long time are also identical. A small ice-age in the 17th century didn’t exactly help the climatological conditions for winemaking. Furthermore during the regime of Napoleon, many large vineyards were uprooted for protection of French wines. Finally the Phyloxera disaster wiped out the last vineyards that were left over.

Rebirth of winemaking

Château Bon Baron is one of the wineries that turned the tide in the Walloon region in Belgium. The vineyards are situated in the beautiful valley of the river Meuse, not far from Dinant. We met up with owner Jeanette van der Steen and her husband Piotr who went in a very short timeframe from amateur winemakers to winning medals at international competitions. Besides winning medals they also achieved AOP ‘Côtes de Sambre et Meuse’ status for some of their wines.

Vineyards and varieties 

Jeanette and Piotr take into consideration the great diversity and mineralogy of the soil, the local climatologic and micro-climatologic information and their own personal diverse tastes. Because of their obsession with pairing food and wine and the chemistry between the dish and the wine, they produce in three different vineyards fourteen different grape varieties! For producing white wines the planted grape varieties are a.o. Chardonnay, Pinot Gris, Auxerrois, Muscat and Müller Thurgau. For red wines they chose varieties like Pinot Noir, Pinot Noir Précoce, Cabernet and Acolon. The wines are being produced organically, so there are no pesticides, herbicides or insecticides being used.

Valley of the river Meuse

The vineyards of Château Bon Baron are situated just north of Dinant in the beautiful valley of the river Meuse. Can we do a tasting? Yes, of course! You can do a tour and a tasting, just make sure you apply by phone or email before heading over to the winery. And there are more culinary producers for you to visit in this area: breweries, a chocolate atelier, an ostrich farm and even a snailery! The Citadel of Dinant, a fortress with a breathtaking view over Dinant and the valley is also definitely worth visiting.

Zoning De La Voie Cuivree 50
5503 Sorinnes (Dinant)
Belgium

+32 (0)497 700 303

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