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Wijngaard Apostelhoeve

Wijngaard Apostelhoeve

Winemakers:  Mathieu & Julka Hulst
Growing:  Riesling, Pinot Gris, Auxerrois, Müller-Thurgau
Established:  1970
Bottles:  80,000
Region:  Mergelland PDO, Netherlands

 

No challenge is too grape

In 1970, Hugo Hulst was shown a map from the 1600s indicating the sizable presence of grapevines in Limburg’s Jeker Valley.

Apostelhoeve white grapes on vine

Today, just ten minutes outside of Maastricht, it’s the site of the Netherland’s oldest, largest, and most prominent vineyard, Wijngaard Apostelhoeve.

Second-generation winemaker Mathieu Hulst now runs the state-of-the-art production with a focus on four white grapes: Riesling, Auxerrois, Müller Thurgau, and Pinot Gris. 

Apostelhoeve gate

The subsoil is 80% marl, a mixture of clay and limestone that’s also found in Champagne. The 2018 vintage, with its all-time high temperatures and two-fold increase in production, will be one for the record books.

 

Visit the Wijngaard Apostelhoeve website here.