Wines of Belgium
@ ProWein 2023

Visit us at Hall 4 – booth D20

Meet 9 of Belgium’s best winegrowers, discover the wines they have brought, and learn all about their terroir, their methods, the varieties they have chosen, etc..

Wine Estate De Steinberg

Starting with just one hectare in 2016 and two more in 2017, all in the communality of Bree in the East of Belgium, Wine Estate De Steinberg is now one of the fastest growing wine producers in Belgium. Its owners, Ilse and Dominique Dedecker, managed to acquire another property of no less than 22 hectares, which will be productive from 2024 onwards.

Wine Castle Vandeurzen

The stately Castle of Linden is just a stone’s throw away from the busy city of Leuven. Starting in 2014, the 6.5 ha of sloping flanks opposite the castle are being transformed into one of the largest vineyards in Flanders. In the brand new production facility wines full of character are being made, some with varieties you rarely see in Belgium, such as albariño or tempranillo.

Wine Estate Waes

Wine estate Waes – 4 ha along the banks of the river Scheldt – has been founded in 2005 as the first professional vineyard in the Ghent area since the 16th century. The golden hedgehog, symbol of the domain, comes from the coat of arms of the Waes family, and symbolizes unity with and respect for nature. Sustainability is key – in the vineyard as well as in the vinification and in the marketing.

Wine Estate Entre Deux Monts

This 18 ha winery is located on the rolling flanks between two beautiful hills, right in the heart of Heuvelland (which literally means “Hilly land”). Taking advantage of the temperate maritime climate and an exceptional terroir, Martin Bacquaert produces unique cool climate wines with a fresh and elegant Entre Deux Monts signature since 2005.

Wine Estate Aldeneyck

In the picturesque village of Aldeneik, near Maaseik, lie the 10.5 ha of vineyards of winemaker Karel Henckens and his wife Tine Linssen, who started the winery back in 1999. On the sun-drenched southern slopes on the banks of the river Meuse, with its unique gravel and pebble terroir, the Aldeneyck wines mature in a special microclimate…

Wine Estate Gloire de Duras

The Gloire de Duras wine estate, 7 ha in size, is a family project. Since 2015, Peter Nijskens runs this domain together with his wife and three children. At Gloire de Duras you can find white and sparkling wines. Unique to this domain are the riesling vines in the walled garden (or clos) that belongs to the beautiful Castle of Duras.

Wine Castle Genoels-Elderen

Since 1991 already, Wine castle Genoels-Elderen cultivates 22 hectares of vineyards. On the nearby south flanks of the Limburg hills, chardonnay and pinot noir vines were planted. They thrive exceptionally well in the Haspengouw area with its loamy and calcareous soils. Our wines and digestives are the result of a unique terroir, healthy grapes, hard work and passion.

Wine Estate Oud Conynsbergh

Wine Estate Oud Conynsbergh opts for classic varieties such as pinot auxerrois, chardonnay, pinot noir and gamay. White, rosé, red and also sparkling wines are produced from these grapes. Started in 2014, the 10 ha of vineyards have become certified organic in 2021 and the winemakers work according to biodynamic principles. Every weekend you can taste their wines in the historic mill in the village of Boechout.

Wine Estate Hoenshof

Prof Dr Ghislain Houben started his wine story in the hamlet of Hoenshoven in Borgloon in 2002. In 2018, his son Jeroen took over. Every year, he makes wine from 32 hectares of vineyards, maintained by partners with a love for the product and a focus on sustainability. For example, all new vineyards are certified organic with the intention to create residue-free wines.

Winemaking in Belgium

When people think of Belgium, they often refer to our remarkable beers, delicious chocolates and the best French fries in the world. Correctly so, but what more and more people are starting to discover, is that Belgian wine has earned a spot in that list as well. Time to let more people in on that secret…

Belgium is a small country, so our wine industry is rather small as well – but growing rapidly. In 2021 there were a total of 237 registered winegrowers in our country, amateurs and (semi-)professional producers combined. Together, they own 695 hectares of vineyards – more than five times as many as ten years ago. In 2018 and in 2020 our winemakers produced over two million liters of Belgian wine (around 450,000 cases).

In a small country like Belgium there is no room for large scale wineries. Only a handful of winegrowers own thirty hectares of land or more; the average size is about four hectares. This means that Belgian winemakers simply need to focus on quality and take an artisanal approach. Government agencies and trade organizations stimulate this focus on quality as well.

Lots of sparkling and still white wines

Due to our location – most of Belgium is above 50 degrees north latitude, long considered to be the northern limit for making wine – the production of sparkling wines is very popular here. (Less sunlight means less sugar, which emphasizes the freshness of the grapes even further). In fact, sparkling wines account for about 45 percent of the total production. 41 percent are still white wines. Next come red wines with 8.5 percent, and rosés with 5.5 percent. (Based on 2021 harvest data)

The chilly and relatively wet climate also explains the proliferation of mold and mildew resistant grape varieties, such as johanniter, regent and solaris. Some Belgian winemakers have already been working with those varieties for decades now, and have long since learned to make excellent wines with them. Because these grapes are better adapted to the local climate, they also need less treatments with pesticides, allowing for a sustainable and environment friendly way of working.

Among the classic grape varieties, the most popular are similar to some nearby renowned wine regions, such as Burgundy and Alsace: chardonnay, pinot varieties (including auxerrois), müller-thurgau, and so on. In fact, there is a tremendous diversity in Belgian wines, but they all have an undeniable cool climate touch – including relatively low alcohol percentages – and show great quality.


Belgium has ten official appellations, each with its own regulations, to guard the quality of wines from these regions. There are two Protected Geographical Indications (PGIs):

There are also eight Protected Designations of Origin (PDOs):

About the VZW Belgische Wijnbouwers

Since 2009, the non-profit organization VZW Belgische Wijnbouwers (Federation of Belgian Winegrowers) has been working to improve the quality of Belgian wine, to create a professional framework in which our winegrowers can optimally reap the benefits of their hard labor and to increase the awareness of Belgian wine among consumers, both at home and abroad. To this end, the association organizes numerous activities: interesting and useful training courses, events (such as this group stand at Prowein), bringing together wine growers with questions or needs, trying to clarify and simplify legislative and administrative matters, negotiating interesting group purchases, etc.

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