Tourism - The Belgian Wines Routes

The Belgian Wines Routes

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Who, nowadays, can only think of the slopes of the Meuse being covered with vineyards ?
And this, from Dinant to Liège (and beyond), while passing by Namur and Huy !


The first vineyards date back from the conquests of Gaul by the Romans (in 58 A.C).
It is with the Middle Ages (as of the 11th century, until 14th - 15th century) that the number of vineyards will increase considerably in our regions, supported in that by the monasteries and convents. 
Many names and places testify of this still nowadays: rue des vignes (Vineyards street), Vivegnies (Old Vineyard), Bouvignes… but also wijngaardstraat, etc.
Even if the vines never completely disappeared, the number of vineyards knows a slow decline as of the 15th century, then fast as of the 18th century; and this, for multiple reasons.
It is only in second half of the 20th century that, here and there, some modest vines will be reimplanted.
A domino effect (the vine grower likes to share his know-how and wine) will make that new initiatives multiply since the beginning of this 21e century, so that we can reasonably speak about the rebirth of the vine in our regions.







The Mosan Wine Route

 


Tour n°1: Domaine du Chenoy, Domaine du Ry d'Argent and Château Bon Baron



09:00 Departure from Dinant

10:00 - 12:45 Guided visit and wine tasting at Domaine du Chenoy, the biggest vineyard in Wallonia, Emines
Tasting together with a picknick or small cold buffet


Domaine du Chenoy Philippe Grafé Domaine du Chenoy


13:00 - 15:00 Guided visit and wine tasting at Domaine du Ry d'Argent, Bovesse



Domaine du Ry d'Argent Domaine du Ry d'ArgentDomaine du Ry d'Argent





16:00 - 17:30 Guided visit and wine tasting at Château Bon Baron, Lustin



Château Bon Baron Château Bon Baron Château Bon Baron





Back in Dinant around 18:00.

 

 

Tour n°2: Domaine du Chenoy and Château Genoels-Elderen


09:00            Departure from Dinant
10:00 - 12:30 Guided visit and tasting at Domaine du Chenoy, the largest Walloon vineyard, in Emines, close to Namur 

                           its owner and impassioned wine grower, Philippe Grafé, will guide us in his vineyard and at the end of the visit a tasting will propose to us
                    type of vines: Bronner, Merzling, Helios, Johanniter, Solaris, Regent, Pinotin, Rondo (of Czech origin), Cabertin (experimental type of vine, of Swiss origin) and Muskat Bleu
12:30 - 14:00 Sandwiches buffet at the Domaine du Chenoy
15:30 - 18:00 Guided visit and tasting at the Castle Wijnkasteel Genoels-Elderen, the largest Flemish vineyard, in Riemst, north of Liege.

Wijnkasteel Genoels-Elderen Castle of Genoels-Elderen cellar of the Castle



                           vineyard of 15 hectares, as well as an experimental vineyard of 20 different types of vines
                    type of vines: primarily Chardonnay, but also Pinot Noir, Pinot Gris, Pinot Blanc and Auxerrois




The Between Sambre and Meuse Route


09:00            Departure from Dinant
10:30 - 12:30 Guided visit and tasting at the Vignoble des Agaises, in Haulchin, not far from Binche

Vignoble des Agaises

Vignoble des Agaises Ruffus vintage moving



                           close to 10 hectares - type of vines: primarily Chardonnay, as well as Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier

                    Gold medal at the Concours Mondial de Bruxelles 2008 (World Contest of Brussels held in Bordeaux April 18-20th 2008): a beautiful success for the Rufus Vintage 2006 “méthode traditionnelle” (“méthode champenoise”)
13:00 - 14:30 Regional lunch at the Grange des Belges barn, in Ragnies, close to Thuin

Barn of the Belgians Barn of the Belgians


14:30 - 16:30 Followed by the guided visit of the Distillerie de Biercée, with tasting of a brandy
                         you will discover how 10 kg of fresh fruits become a liquor or brandy bottle
                         you will start with the Room of the Distillers (old tools), will view a film, and will visit the Room of the Scents (to feel, see and touch more than 30 plants, and use the Perfume Organ)
                         you will visit then distilling, where in the course of the years the 23 various brandies, liquors and softnesses are elaborate
                         each stage will be explained by the guide
                         at the end of the visit, you will choose your tasting: Eau de Villée, Poire Williams N°1, Griotte (cherry), or even a white beer with Eau de Villée

distilling distillation tanks


Possibility of extending the tour to the hanging gardens of Thuin, for a visit of the Clos des Zouaves (type of vine: Regent).

 



 






Excursions by coach, intended for the small groups (minimum 12), departing from Dinant (except otherwise arranged).


Characteristics of these programs:
- guided visits
- equipment: walking shoes and protection adapted to the weather
- accessible to all
- period: in principle year round, except in the harvest season (usually from mid September to mid October).



All our tours are private tours: only you / your group are on board.

Contact us for more information!






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