From the idyllic Southern Burgenland and proud Vas County, both in Western-Pannonia, to the most northern European wine pioneers in Groesbeek and the historically rich Saale-Unstrut river landscape, trekking and tasting around in green Vipava valley, biking alongside the sweet slopes and Danube strands of Ilok-Srijem, until finding endless sun, funny people and full bodied wines in the mountains of Bullas.
In 2001 the first vines were planted on Wijnhoeve De Colonjes, a successful enterprise as their Groesbeek wine frequently comes out on top during wine testings. Now five other farmers have followed suit and the area of vines has grown substantially. With 20 hectares of vineyards Groesbeek is the largest wine village of the Netherlands.
Although there has been said that the Romans could have introduced viticulture into this region, it´s more likely that they drank wine here rather than produced it.
During the year there are several wine - and various other events; the absolute highlight -the Nederlandse Wijnfeesten (National Wine Festival)- takes place in the last weekend of September.
The wine village of Groesbeek ensures prize-winning wines pleasing to the palate. White as well as red and rosé wines from Groesbeek won several prizes at prestigious wine contests in Europe. Among others the Berliner Weintrophy awarded in 2010, the Pinotin 2009 from Wijngaard de Holdeurn, Médén 2008 from Wijngaard de Plack and the white wine Riesèl from Wijnhoeve de Colonjes with gold medals. In 2011 Wijnhoeve de Colonjes even received the award for best Regent Winemaker of 2010 in the category vineyards with less than 15 hectares at the International ´Grüne Woche in Berlin.
Its woods, hills, pastures and vineyards make Groesbeek a feast for the eye and the senses. The Wine and Cycle Route Groesbeek leads you past various vineyards and winegrowing farms around Groesbeek, which is proud to be called thé wine village of the Netherlands. You can admire the vineyards from your saddle but you can also get off and visit a vineyard or winegrowing farm. Some vineyards are freely accessible others have fixed opening hours.
History, art and culture buffs can indulge themselves in museums such as the Africa Museum, Museumpark Orientalis and the National Liberation museum 1944-1945. Groesbeek can be explored and experienced in many different ways-running, taking part in the famous International Four-Day Marches, by wine train or cycling along the excellent cycle paths. There are many ways to cross the border, for example by ´peddle car on the old railway to the German town of Kleve. Food, drinks and accommodation are provided in one of the many restaurants, hotels, holiday lets, apartments, farm campsites and group accommodations.
Wine village Groesbeek: the Romans have been here before, what about you?