While wine may not be the first thing that comes to mind when you think of The Netherlands, the local winemaking industry is taking off, with an increasing range of grape varieties and some award-winning Nederwijn labels. One of the pioneers of Amsterdam's wine culture is urban winery Chateau Amsterdam.
Hidden in a former factory in Noord, you'll find Amsterdam's first urban winery and tasting room, where you can sample both the modern and classic product lines while European grapes happily ferment in stainless steel tanks and wooden vats around you. Normally grapes are already destemmed, pressed, fermented, matured and bottled in the country of origin. Chateau moves these grapes, instead of the bottles, to Amsterdam.
Harvest Weeks 2021
By moving grape varieties from different countries to Amsterdam, Chateau innovates in a world dictated by traditions and rules. As Amsterdam winemakers they don't have to stick to any particular hallmarks and they can experiment and develop new blends. During the Harvest Weeks in 2021 around 44,000 kilo grapes from all over Europe will be brought to the city. This way, the visitor can experience the winemaking process up close.
Tasting room and tour
(Novice) wine lovers are cordially invited for a tour of the urban winery and an accompanying tasting. You can book these on Thursday and Friday at 5.30 pm and Saturday and Sunday at 2.30 pm, 4 pm and 5.30 pm. A ticket costs €25, for which you get to taste 7 unique Chateau wines, from Riesling to Garnacha. Chateau Amsterdam wines are also available at Marqt, Stach and HEMA (from €7.50).
Chateau Amsterdam is not the only one growing Amsterdam's wine culture. Other upcoming local wineries like Stadswijngaard Wijn van Bret in Sloterdijk and No Chateau in Tuindorp Oostzaan, are no doubt banking on the wine life, too. More wine, please? Don't forget to explore our favourite wine bars in the city.