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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

9

Tours

28:58 h

70.0 mi

1,725 ft

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!

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  • 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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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Collection Stats

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

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