The idea of Best WineRoutes arose during a trip to France realizing it exists no good website talking about wineries and their activities. After being in front of closed doors on several occasions, we decided we needed to create a website that would deliver quality information for wine tourists.
Therefore, we created a team of wine lovers and partnered with someone established in the industry to acquire his knowledge and experience to better create and promote this website. After over a year of building a new layout and new features, we present you Best WineRoutes 2.0!
Our goal is to provide to the ever increasing wine lovers population accurate information on where to go and what to do before and during a wine trip. We provide this information together with our editors and you of course! Hence, we aim to become the number one platform to bring together wineries and their futures clients.
Besides providing information regarding wine tasting, tours, sleeping accommodation, eating establishments and others for the wine lovers, we want to provide to smaller wineries a better online exposure. Indeed, most wineries don’t have the resources nor the time to talk about themselves and attract new clients. Through this platform, we want to give them the chance to be known and develop their profit through all the activities they propose.
A very important part is the team of editors:
Remke de Lange
In 2010 journalist Remke de Lange spent one year in McLaren Vale, where she worked for the family business Gemtree and even madeher own wine. She wrote several articles for BestWineRoutes and will publish her book about a year winemaking in Australia in autumn 2011 with publisher Ambo Anthos.
Her articles and blog about her year in Australia are to be found at www.remkedelange.nl .
For Henk Westerhof the love for wine started about 25 years ago. As a real Burgundian he spends a lot of time on his hobby. He reads a lot about his favourite subject and enjoys to taste his discoveries. Holidays are being held in wine regions, somewhere in Europe. With his wife Cobie visiting wineries is one of their favourite outings. Their experiences are shared at home with family and friends during a home-made dinner. ”It's always fun to tell about your own experiences.”
Regularly he writes on his blog www.wijnpraat.blogspot.com. In the future he hopes to spend more time in with passion beside his job.
Best wine moment Henk: "The discovery of a delicious wine like the Chardonnay 1979 from Camille Loye , Jura."
Mark van Bolhuis
Around 15 years ago I discovered my first German wines, on a beautiful sunny day in May I had delicious asparagus with Silvaner (in Sommerach, Franken). Unforgettable! Since that moment I love German wines.
Markvandewijn (Mark of the wine as he is being called) has a passion for German wines. My mission is to convince The Netherlands of the quality of German wines. German wines are great! Mark sells wines from promising wineries. Not from the established wineries, but from the smaller talented wineries.
Best wine moment Mark: Tasting the wine direct form the barrel at Steffen Enk (Nahe) on a super-cold day in February.
Mariëlla Beukers writes her blog Wijnkronieken (Wine Chronicles ) since 2003. Visits to wineries, wine tourism, wine tastings, background stories and above .. wine history, are main topics. Besides her work as a project manager in a museum she is a wine writer who contributes regularly to national Dutch wine magazines, and has published two books. In addition, she writes about wine for newsletters, websites and customer magazines. Lectures on historic wine tastings is a recent and successful activity.
Preferred countries? Too many to mention, but at the moment Austria and Germany are hot, because of the many elegant and refreshing white wines.
Best wine moment: "A refreshing glass of bubbles, white wine or rosé in the sun on the terrace. Preferably, a relatively unknown grape variety."
Chris and Suzan Haenen
Chris has a Dutch father (Amsterdam) and a Friulian mother and has an emotional bond with the Friuli region since his childhood. He grew up with wines and food from Friuli and knows better than anyone about the high standards of regional products. Suzan is the partner of Chris and quickly became enthusiastic about the quality of the wines from Friuli, and especially about the atmosphere of this beautiful region. The unfamiliarity of Friuli does not match the excellent reputation of Friuli in Italy. The company of Chris and Suzan, Con Gusto, focuses on small wineries which produce mainly indigenous varieties and produce in a durable way. Ranging from 20,000 up to 100,000 bottles per year, they select producers that are complementary to each other excellent products in different price ranges. In the selection, quality always comes first. This means, the range may change depending on the quality of the wine per harvest.
Best wine moment Chris: My best wine moment is my first time drinking wine ... I was four years old when me and my parents and sister were on holiday in Sicily to celebrate New Year’s eve. Me and my sister emptied all the leftovers of Spumante. My parents noticed it when I was about to jump on the bed while I was singing "mi Piace il vin". Since then I cannot do without it......!
Jakko is very athletic, bur foremost surfer. As his job he makes great sites including for the Dutch papers de Volkskrant and Trouw and at the moment for Natuurmonumenten. For BestWineRoutes he shares all his online knowledge and helps where he can.
Jakko's best wine moment: "After a whole day at the water with the best waves sitting at the beach in front of a fire with a nice Shiraz."
"I'm Hennie Louw, South African and a wine lover who moved to the Netherlands for my family reunion. In South Africa I have my own tourism company specialized in customized travel and wine tourism. I have been a travel guide for years and love to let people experience something special. My interest in wine has gradually grown from enjoying a nice glass to getting my wine diploma at the Cape Wine Acedemy in 2010. Currently I am the owner of Wine Safari - a small company which combines my passions (wine and travel). Wine Safari provides workshops, tastings and courses for companies and individuals and offers travel advice and services for people who would like to travel to South Africa. Once and a while we even organize wine safaris to South Africa!
Best wine moment Hennie: "A single glass of Penfolds Grange 1997 during my wine diploma course. Not even the best year but .... WOW! "
Katalin Bujdosó is owner of Borq Hongaarse Wijnreizen (Borq Hungarian Wine Tours). Hungarian wines are her passion. Since 2009, she writes about Hungarian wines in Dutch on her weblog www.hongaarse-wijnen.blogspot.com. She also writes for online (wine) magazines. Katalin grew up in the Netherlands as a child of Hungarian parents and emigrated in 2007 to Budapest, Hungary. Thus, "close to the fire" she tours through Hungary, visiting wineries in the country. She is to be found at Hungarian wine tastings and drinks almost exclusively Hungarian wines. She is also co-founder of the Wine Salon in Budapest, a group of Dutch people who get together on a monthly basis to taste Hungarian wines.
Best wine moment Katalin: "In 2006 I made a 2 months wine study tour through Hungary. I wanted to investigate the quality of Hungarian wines. Before my tour started, I took a Hungarian wine course in Budapest. Where I tasted the Merengő 2003 of St. Andrea from Eger. A moment never to forget. This Bull’s Blood from Eger was proof to me that in Hungary verily quality wines are being made."
Ruben van der Meer
I was born in the north of South Africa in 1970 and met my wife at the most southern point of Africa in 2006. During this time I have become a serious wine enthusiast. After only a single tasting, at the Meerendal wine estate in Durbanville, did I not only become a wine lover but a huge fan of South African Pinotage. It was clear that I have a predilection for South African wines. When in South Africa I thus try to frequent as many wine estates as possible. In the Netherlands I regularly try out a new wine too. There is still much to learn about wines but it is a fantastic hobby.
My most memorable wine moment was a cool evening under the South African stars when, accompanied by a bottle of Meerendal Pinotage, I asked my wife to marry me. The Meerendal Pinotage was a wine my wife and I enjoyed during one of our first dates. Nothing affords me more pleasure than a tasting where good friends and wine are central.