As owners of a fruit company, Karel Henckens and his wife Tine decided that life could perhaps be more beautiful when, instead of just growing apples and pears, they grew grapes and made wine.
The name of the original small farm on which grounds the monastery Maria Toevlucht (Our Lady of Refuge) in Zundert arose was “De Kievit”, a plover bird with distinctive wispy crest. Hence the name “Trappistenbrouwerij De Kievit” and the plover that appears in the logo.
Stokerij Sculte is a small craft distillery, located in a former monastry in Ootmarsum in the region Twente, close to the German border. Founder Gerard Velthuis started distilling fruit in 2004 and won several awards at prestigious competitions like the Destillata in Austria.