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Hike and wine – walking through vineyards in the Netherlands

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Hike and wine – walking through vineyards in the Netherlands

Hiking Collection by Pauline van der Waal

When thinking about wine walks, you would normally refer to neighbouring countries such as France and Germany, where they are very popular. But, did you know that wine walks also exist in the Netherlands? Our own country has no fewer than 170 commercial vineyards which, as well as making wine, offer guided tours, tasting sessions, and the opportunity to help during the harvest and the winemaking process.

I have put together some wine Tours throughout the Netherlands for you so that you can get to know the different Dutch wines. Winegrowers have grown grapes and made wine in the hills of Limburg in the south for a long time now. However, vineyards can now also be found in the north. A hike to the northernmost vineyard of the Netherlands in Friesland is an absolute must.

You can also find interesting vineyards and wines in other regions such as Noord-Holland, Zeeland, and Gelderland. Some wineries started as a hobby which grew, whilst others are family-founded businesses that have been making wine for years, with many hectares of vines that produce thousands of bottles of wine every year.

Beware: the vineyards and tasting rooms are not all open all week. I recommend checking the website in advance to see what the options are. In many cases, you will need to book a tasting or guided Tour in advance.

Most walks start and end near a vineyard or tasting room so that you can enjoy a glass of wine after you’ve burned off your energy. You can always pick up a few boxes of the best wine whilst you’re there, too.

What if you’re tempted by one more glass? I have mentioned how to reach and return home from the hikes by public transport. Have a great time hiking and – cheers!

On The Map

Tours & Highlights

    Intermediate
    03:18
    8.12 mi
    2.5 mph
    75 ft
    75 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    Whether we only have vineyards in the far south in the Netherlands? No, in this walk you visit the most northerly vineyard in our country. In Friesland that is. Before you go for a wine, you first take a nice walk through the outside area of Buitenpost.Your walk starts and ends at Buitenpost train station. Very handy if you want to go home safely after a few wines. But first you walk from the station towards the farmlands in the north.After just over 2.5 kilometers you will see the Veenkloosterbos on your left. This forest belongs to the nearby Fogelsangh State. This beautiful building is an open private country house. This route runs along the forest directly to the country house, but you can take a detour here if you want.The Veenkloosterbos is inhabited by many different bird species. A large colony of heron breeds in the tall oak and beech trees. You can also encounter kingfishers and hawks. The golden oriole, cuckoo and woodpecker can also be found in this forest, as well as the southward-migrating woodcocks.
    To enter the forest you have to buy an entrance ticket for a small amount. This can be done at the gardener's house and the administrators of the state. Please note that the forest is not accessible during the breeding season (from March 15 to June 15).
    In addition to birds, you can also encounter deer, hares and rabbits in the vicinity of Fogelsangh State, but also predators such as the fox, the stone marten, the polecat, the stoat and the weasel. There is also a family of fallow deer in the deer park.About halfway through your hike you will arrive at Wijngaard de Frysling. The name of this vineyard is a funny combination of Fryslân and the grape variety Riesling. The Frysling grows six grape varieties on 1.5 hectares of land. There is an attractive tasting room on the vineyard in the 120-year-old forest house. A guided tour and wine tasting of the Frysling wines is possible by appointment. Outside you can walk between the vines and enjoy the peace and nature.It is a good place to be on the vineyard, but unfortunately you have to continue. You continue the road via a winding path through the forest. That way you get rid of those extra calories ... When you see De Mûnts, you know that Buitenpost is nearby. This mill was originally located in Groningen, but was rebuilt here in the Frisian countryside and thus saved from demolition. Just a short distance, and then you get back on the train home in Buitenpost.

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    Intermediate
    03:28
    8.51 mi
    2.5 mph
    75 ft
    75 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    Wine is also produced in North Holland nowadays. And you will experience that with this walk. When you travel by car to Zuid-Scharwoude, it is best to put it as close as possible to the end point Wijndomein de Koen. Then you can easily get in your car and drive away afterwards.You can also take public transport if you prefer to drink an extra wine. The nearest train station is Heerhugowaard, which is 3.5 kilometers from De Koen. It is best to use the public transport bicycle. Another option is to travel to Alkmaar by train and from there take the bus for about ten minutes. You then get off practically in front of Wijngaard De Koen.From the Wijngaard you walk through Zuid-Scharwoude towards the Museum Broeker Veiling. In this museum you can experience how auctions used to be. In Broek op Langedijk you will find the oldest auction in the world. This is where auctioning by exit originated in 1887. This system is still used today at all major auctions. If you have enough time today, I would definitely pay a visit to the museum, which is also great fun for children.Via the village of Sint Pancras you walk towards the Geestmeerambacht, a recreational area where you can walk, sail and cycle. On this walk you only take a look, but if you have time you can walk further into the area.Eventually you walk to the finish of this walk: Wijngaard or Wijndomein De Koen. The wines of the Koen are all made on the wine estate. The grapes are harvested manually and although it started as a hobby here, two hectares are already in use for grape cultivation.Note: De Koen is normally only open on Fridays and Saturdays. Make an appointment for other days of the week, they will be happy to receive you!

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  • Intermediate
    03:02
    7.51 mi
    2.5 mph
    25 ft
    50 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    Want to enjoy Zeeland? Then this walk is a must. You will not only end at Proeflokaal de Kleine Schorre where you can taste the delicious Zeeland wine, but along the way you also stop at Theetuin de Stokroos and Kaasboerderij de Stolpe. You come home with a full stomach and a shopping bag.You start and end your walk in Dreischor. The route starts at the bus stop, as I can imagine that you don't feel like going by car. On the other hand, you can load it up with wine, cheese and other treats. In that case, you park your car near De Kleine Schorre.You walk in the direction of the Sint Adrianskerk and see why Dreischor is clearly called a ring village. The streets lie like a ring around the central point - the church. From there you walk towards the windmill that has been given the name Aeolus, after the Greek god of the wind.Via polder roads you walk towards the Grevelingen, or actually a closed part of it: the Dijkwater. You walk through this area and you see the special mix of agriculture and nature.Theetuin de Stokroos is located at Camping de Kermisrose. A nice and rustic place for a cup of tea or coffee with homemade apple pie. If you don't have a sweet tooth, they often also have a savory pie.Then you turn again towards the Dijkwater and walk through the wetland area. This part is almost entirely nature reserve and because of the water a great place for bird watching.Do you want to bring tasty cheeses, meat or dairy to take home? Then take the exit to Kaasboerderij de Stolpe. The farm shop only sells products from their own farm or colleagues from the immediate area. It couldn't be fresher and tastier.Finally we arrive at Wijnhoeve De Kleine Schorre. A vineyard, tasting room and camping in one. You can go there for lunch, dinner, just a drink and a small snack, or of course a wine tasting. A tour is also possible. Please contact us in advance, guided tours are given at fixed times, but not daily. Separate arrangements can be made for groups.

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    Intermediate
    02:47
    6.88 mi
    2.5 mph
    25 ft
    50 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    The first thing that comes to mind when you think of the Betuwe is jam. That's right, but there are also other fruits to be found. Grapes, for example, from which the Betuws Wijndomein makes the best wines. That is why this walk runs through the Betuwe and ends in a vineyard.If you come by car, it is smart to park it at the end point. You can also take public transport, for example by train to Tiel or Geldermalsen and from there by bus or public transport bicycle. Check what is the best option for you.In this route you often walk through the farmlands in the area. Along the Erichemse Tochtsloot you walk unpaved and you will probably not encounter anything or anyone. A little further you enter the Oranjestad Buren. This cute place has many ties with the House of Orange. For example, William of Orange married Anna van Egmont in 1551. Today, King Willem-Alexander and Queen Máxima are still count and countess van Buren. And do you still remember Willem-Alexander's pseudonym when he took part in the Elfstedentocht? Right, W.A. from neighbours. That can not be a coincidence!You walk a bit further through the farmland before you finally end up at the Betuws Wijndomein. Hopefully you have worked up an appetite and would like a drink, because this is the perfect place for that. On site you can buy red and white wine, as well as cider, verjuice and various digestifs. Cheers!

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    Intermediate
    04:14
    9.90 mi
    2.3 mph
    550 ft
    550 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    Fancy a tough walk with a wonderful ending? Then you follow this route from Dieren towards the Veluwezoom, ending at Domein Hof te Dieren, the largest walled organic vineyard in the Netherlands.To make it easy for you, this walk starts at Dieren train station. After just over 16 kilometers and a wine tasting you will also get back on the train here. Of course you can also go by car. In that case, park your car as close to the starting point as possible and load your trunk full of delicious wines.But before it gets that far, we first get to work. From the station you first walk towards the Carolina mountain and from there in one straight line via the dead straight Koningsweg to the Prins Willemberg. Both hills are named after children of Stadtholder Willem IV and Anna of Hanover.After you have wandered about four kilometers through the woods, you arrive at the famous Posbank. It can get quite busy here on the weekend, but during the week you often have the wealth to yourself. The view from here is phenomenal. At the end of the summer you can see the purple heather as far as you can see.You meander further through the forest until you reach Landgoed Rheedenoord. This historic country estate is a protected monument and houses a restaurant and a small-scale hotel. Enjoy the view and continue winding slightly parallel to the railway to Domein Hof in Dieren.In the Domain you can take guided tours and taste the delicious wines produced here. Always check the website for this and make a reservation.

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    Intermediate
    04:18
    10.5 mi
    2.5 mph
    125 ft
    125 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    Are you ready for a tough hike of more than 17 kilometers? Rest assured, your reward will be sweet. You end up at WIjngaard Hof van Twente, where you can taste delicious home-grown wines.If you come by car, it is smart to park it at Hof van Twente. You can also take public transport. The nearest station in Delden, 4.5 kilometers. So you could walk it, but an NS bicycle to get to the starting point is also an option.From here you follow the Hagmolenbeek, with the water on your right, up to the Twente Canal. View the ships that sail into the Delden lock. Often these are large ships and it looks quite impressive. You follow the canal for a long time, after which you turn right into the forest. Pay attention, because you will pass the small statue of Mary on the way!A bit further you will see the Oeler watermill. This is located just outside Hengelo on the Oelerbeek. This "De Oldemeule Watermill" dates from 1690.Finally, you will pass a typical Twickel farm. The 148 Twickel farms are characteristic and iconic in the Twente landscape. You can recognize them by the black and white shutters.If you come across the plaque commemorating the plane that crashed here in the Second World War, you are almost at the end point. In just a short while, you will be at Wijngaard Hof van Twente. This vineyard has existed since January 1, 2000, making it easy to calculate how long this family business has been around. Since then it has expanded considerably: the company now has more than 6.5 hectares of grapes, good for 25,000 liters of Twente wines.

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    Intermediate
    02:50
    6.94 mi
    2.4 mph
    100 ft
    100 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    During this walking route of just over eleven kilometers you visit not one, but two vineyards. A great walk for wine lovers. In this case, it is smart to park your car as close to the end point as possible. Then you can get back into your car immediately afterwards. Public transport is also possible, but not very easy. So take a look at where you set your priorities.You first walk through De Bruuk nature reserve, a swamp area fed by seepage water from the surrounding hills. A little further on is the Leigraaf, a stream that runs from De Bruuk to Germany.A bit further on, turn right towards Wijngaard de Plack. You can do a guided tour here all year round by appointment. In the wine shop with the terrace you can buy a nice wine or taste it while enjoying a well-deserved break. Special: you can also order Betsy's Chicken here. Antibiotic-free free-range chicken from our own farm!Unfortunately, we can't stay put, we have to continue. The route takes you through 't Slumke, a wet and swampy patch of grassland. You continue your way towards Groesbeek and through the village we arrive at the final destination of this walk: biological Wijnhoeve de Colonjes.De Colonjes is the largest organic vineyard in the Netherlands. Colonjes has its own wine cellar in which the different grape varieties are processed into white, red, rosé and sparkling wine. The vines are planted on a rich loess soil and you can taste that in the wines, which are full of flavor and very mineral rich. Partly because of this, the wines of the Colonjes regularly win awards.

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    Intermediate
    02:26
    5.91 mi
    2.4 mph
    125 ft
    100 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    A visit to "the white town" Thorn is always a good idea. If you also combine it with a nice walk that ends with a wine tasting, the day is complete. This is possible with this walking route of about ten kilometers.You can park your car in one of the parking places on the outskirts of Thorn, but I thought it would be fun in the theme to start the route at the Wijngaard. This street is at right angles to the Sint-Michaëlskerk, the gothic cruciform basilica from the fourteenth century that defines Thorn. You leave the built-up area and walk via the Thornerbeek towards the Grote Hegge. You will not lose the silhouette of the large church for the time being.You keep following the water until you arrive in the next town of Kessenich. Opposite the church you see the motte hill with the remains of a moth castle. This is an artificial hill, which used to be surrounded by a moat.Another special attraction on the route is the Schouwsmolen. Already in 1630 there was a mill on this site, which was enlarged 200 years later. After that the mill fell into disrepair, but since 2015 this place has been beautifully restored and the mill is running again.You set course in the direction of Thorn. After strolling through the cute old streets you will arrive at Wijngoed Thorn, the final destination of this walk. Here is the wine cellar and the tasting room. On over 6.5 hectares in the immediate vicinity of Thorn, the grapes are grown for the delicious wines of the Wijngoed. The tasting room is usually open on weekends, check the website to be sure.

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    Intermediate
    02:34
    5.66 mi
    2.2 mph
    625 ft
    600 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    It is known that many of the Dutch vineyards are located in Limburg. You travel for this walk to almost the southernmost tip of Limburg. You park your car at the Wijndomein St. Martinus, the end point of this route.The first landmark during the walk is the ruin of the Nederlandsche Portland Cementfabriek. This was one of the two cement factories in Vijlen. What is special is that the tunnels of the marl quarry were used as an air raid shelter during the Second World War. There are a number of information boards on site telling the history of this region.You continue the road past Vijlen, and pass a statue of Mary and the Way of the Cross. Mary is enthusiastically worshiped here and the statue has been placed here to thank her that Vijlen was spared during the Second World War.Enjoy the distant view that you have of the surrounding area at the viewpoint. The church tower stands proudly above it, but also woods, meadows and in the distance the vineyards are clearly visible from here. The continuation of the route regularly passes vineyards, the grapes of which are used by Wijndomein St. Martinus.A little further you walk through a wooded area and you come across the special Star Stones, made of flint. Imagine they are between 2.5 and 7 million years old!Finally, your walk ends at St. Martinus, who grow their grapes in the southernmost tip of the Netherlands, between the foothills of the Ardennes. White, red, rosé and sparkling wines from Limburg soil are produced. You are welcome for a tasting, a tour, in the wine shop or at the annual Pluk event. These cozy Picking Days take place in October, where you can help pick grapes and make wine. These days are very popular, so register in advance. Check the website for the options and opening times.

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Collection Stats

  • Tours
    9
  • Distance
    70.0 mi
  • Duration
    28:58 h
  • Elevation
    1,725 ft

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