Wijngaard Hof van Twente
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Wijngaard Hof van Twente

The Netherlands

"Can you make wine out of peppers? I said: It seems like fun, let's try it!"

From cityboy to winemaker 

Winery Wijngaard Hof van Twente is located on the outskirts of the small village of Bentelo in the province Overijssel. We met up with Roelof Visscher who, although coming from a large city, as a child already wanted to be a farmer. He followed his passion and managed to reach his goal. Nowadays he is a successful ‘grape farmer’, winemaker and owner of one of the larger wineries in the Netherlands.

New grape varieties

The first vines went into the ground in 2000, and some time later the wine cellar, winery and tasting room were built. The vineyards now cover 5,5 hectares planted with new grape varieties suitable to a moist climate with less sunshine. Grape varieties like Johanniter, Solaris, Souvignier Gris and Riesèl are used for making white wines. Regent and Pinotin varieties are used to make red and rosé wines with. ‘Grape farmers’ have discovered from the wider region, that Ilse and Roelof Visscher know how to make wine and have their grapes made into wine at Hof van Twente.

Innovation and adventure

Roelof likes a challenge and producing wine in a difficult environment doesn’t scare him. In 2014 his company also started a vineyard on the island of Curaçao in the southern Caribbean Sea. Back home in The Netherlands he started a new innovative project, producing wines made out of tomatoes and peppers. In 2015 he started selling his vegetable wines under the name ViniVega. Never a dull moment here!

Hof van Twente

Literally “The Garden of Twente” is a municipality in the eastern part of the Netherlands, near the German border. It’s an agricultural area with great possibilities for walking or riding your bike. In the countryside you find a number of beautiful small castles, country houses and estates that date back to the 14th century. Before you take a tour and wine tasting at Wijngaard Hof van Twente you might want to consider popping by Twickel Castle and Estate. It’s located near the historic small city of Delden, and most definitely worth a visit.

Suetersweg 2a
7497 MZ Bentelo
The Netherlands

+31 (0)547 292 785
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