Wijnhoeve De Colonjes
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Wijnhoeve De Colonjes

The Netherlands

"To me, being a winegrower is the greatest joy of life one could ever wish for…"

 

Battlefields of World War II

The village of Groesbeek played a major role towards the end of World War II and witnessed a large-scale military operation. During the airborne operation Market Garden in September 1944, one of the assigned drop zones for American paratroopers was located just outside the village. The main goal was to advance into Nazi Germany, an operation that became known as The Rhineland Offensive. We walked through the vineyards of Wijnhoeve De Colonjes, and you can’t help but realizing these vines were planted in the footsteps of those men.

New generation

After his retirement, Freek Verhoeven turned his love for wine into a serious hobby. As an amateur winemaker he planted a first hectare of vines in 2001 and soon got his brother involved as well. Not being youngsters anymore they realized soon they needed some help. Adam Dijkstra was at the right place at the right moment. His intention was to follow a winemaking study in South Africa. While his bags were already packed, he decided to make a different choice and follow a viticulture education in Germany instead. The opportunity to help continue this winery was one that you do not get every day.

Large vineyard

Wijnhoeve De Colonjes is now one of the largest wineries in the Netherlands. The vineyards are situated in three locations around Groesbeek. From the beginning Freek’s mission was to work as sustainable as possible. The obvious choice was to plant hybrid grape varieties like Johanniter, Solaris, Muscaris, Helios and Cabernet Blanc to produce white wines. They even had the honor to name a new hybrid after their vineyard, the Cabernet Colonjes. Red wines are produced from RegentPinotin and Cabernet Cortis.  What started merely as a hobby in 2001 has now become a 13 hectares winery.

Worth a visit

If you contact in advance you’re welcome for a tour and tasting at Wijnhoeve De Colonjes. Since 2017 Groesbeek also hosts the Dutch Centre for Viticulture. Combine your trip with a visit to the National Liberation Museum 1944-1945. The nearby serene and peaceful Canadian War Cemetery and Memorial will leave you with an everlasting impression.

2de Colonjes 4
6562 DM Groesbeek
The Netherlands

+31 (0)24 3973 754

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