Domein Hof te Dieren
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Domein Hof te Dieren

The Netherlands

"A vineyard in fact costs money and it will absolutely not make you rich…"

A royal estate

In the village of Dieren, only a short distance away from Arnhem, we found this hidden treasure. Domein Hof te Dieren is the largest walled vineyard in the Netherlands and located on a historic country estate which dates back to the 13th century. In the 17th century Governor (Stadtholder) William II bought the property and built a hunting lodge on the estate that was used frequently by the Dutch royal ‘House of Orange’. Unfortunately the hunting lodge no longer exists. It burned down, was rebuilt and finally destroyed during World War II. The remaining wall around the former garden is from 1885 and was constructed to create a mesoclimate and offer protection from the wind and frost.

Changing course dramatically

We met up with former financial consultant Youp Cretier who, after a burn out, decided to reverse his course dramatically and realize a better vision for his life and become a winemaker. He started the construction of the vineyard in 2004 and now has a full-time job maintaining this unique walled vineyard of over two hectares, working in the wine cellar and organizing wine tours and tastings. Nowadays Domein Hof te Dieren produces around 10.000 bottles of wine a year.

Large variety of wine grapes 

Youp chose to plant a variety of nine hybrid type wine grapes that perform better in shorter-season, cooler and more humid wine regions. For the production of red wines he planted Regent, Rondo, Monarch and Cabernet Cantor. He also planted Muscat Bleu which is used both as a table grape and for winemaking. Varieties for white wine production are Johanniter, Solaris, Seyval Blanc and Merzling. In addition to all this he also creates Port-like wines, ice wines and together with a distillery in Nijmegen distilled spirits and liqueurs.

Lots of possibilities 

A tour, a wine tasting, a picknick in the vineyard or getting married between the vines? As long as you contact the winery (and your loved one) beforehand, Domein Hof te Dieren offers a fair bit of possibilities. Don’t forget to enjoy all that nearby National Park Veluwezoom has to offer during your visit!

Arnhemsestraatweg 16
6953 AX Dieren
The Netherlands

+31 (0)6 2239 9642

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