Wijnhoeve De Kleine Schorre
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Wijnhoeve De Kleine Schorre

The Netherlands

"A bottle of genever persuaded my father to grow grapes here instead of vegetables..."

 

Heading south

Of all twelve provinces in the Netherlands, the southern province of Zeeland has the most hours of sunshine. No wonder that besides us, also lots of tourists like to visit the series of islands and peninsula’s that make up this province. The northernmost peninsula is named Schouwen-Duiveland. Instead of going for a swim, sailing or sunbathing, we decided to visit beautiful winery Wijnhoeve De Kleine Schorre. With its ten hectares it is one of the largest vineyards in the country. 

A bottle of Genever

The winery is located just outside Dreischor, a traditional Zeeland circular village. Owner Johan van de Velde is the 4th generation on this farm where they used to grow potatoes and onions. The old farm even has an original black-tarred barn that dates back to 1735. The farming business was not so good anymore at the end of the century and taking over the business from his parents could be a bit risky. A conversation with a neigbour over a good bottle of Genever persuaded his father to look at the possibilities of growing grapes. 

Pioneering

Knowing nothing about grapes or wine is quite an obstacle when starting a winery so Johan went to study for three years at Luxembourg wine company Cep d’Or. In 2001 the construction of the vineyard began and nowadays his entire life revolves around winegrowing. The choice was made to plant classic white grape varieties like Rivaner, Auxerrois, Pinot Gris and Pinot Blanc. That decision turned out quite well. The white wines of De Kleine Schorre are perfectly suited to the great produce Zeeland is able to offer such as mussels, oysters, lobster and flounder.

A must visit

The old black-tarred barn holds a tasting room nowadays. It’s also worthwhile to know that Wijnhoeve De Kleine Schorre has been supplying wines to KLM business class for a number of years. So the Province of Zeeland offers you not just quality wines and great seafood, but also beaches, sunshine and all kinds of water sports. Not to forget, visit the famous storm barriers, the Delta Works, that were built to prevent another flood like the disastrous one in 1953.

Zuiddijk 4
4315 PA Dreischor
The Netherlands

+31 (0)111 40 15 50
+31 (0)6 1344 6326

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