Where a small country can be big

Where a small country can be big

Not enough grapes next door? Chateau Amsterdam works with grape farmers from all over Europe. The winemaker ensures the right blends of the fruit brought in. In doing so, the kitchen team makes appropriate food. At the opening of the remodelled urban winery, we were allowed to join them for dinner. And we saw that it was good. - TEXT MARJOLEIN SCHUMANN | IMAGE CHATEAU AMSTERDAM

Where a small country can be big

The winery in Amsterdam North is innovative when it comes to the origin of its ingredients. For some, it will be swearing in church, urban tomfoolery, making wine for millennials. For others, it is a relief that a Dutch producer has a wide range of wines, both modern and classic. 

Entrepreneurial spirit

We all know it: the Netherlands has great wineries, but scaling up is a problem. For example, where do you get large quantities of grapes from with the limited vineyard area? And what if you want to work with classic and Mediterranean varieties and not the new fungus-tolerant varieties? The options seem limited, until you look beyond national borders. Just as Australian winemakers and winemakers in the United States look at their entire continent, from bottom to top and left to right. Founder Tom Veugen says: 'We call ourselves European urban winery, because we actually make wine from grapes from Europe. This year, we brought about 20 grape varieties to the Netherlands.' 



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