we are building a modern sustainable vineyard and culinary food forest.
You walk with a friend on your own vineyard.
You let him taste a grape from your own vines, which you invested in three years ago.
You explain that this is a very special domain in which all trees and shrubs are edible, and also have a supporting function for biodiversity.
You tell us how we work with nature here, when is the perfect time to harvest your grapes and why that walnut tree up there is so important for the development and complexity of our aromas.
We will soon be producing your own Dutch wine here.
The rhizome that you planted here yourself years ago has now grown into a lush vine. Your vineyard owner has protected it with great care and love from storms, hail and wild animals in recent years.
He has taken you step by step in this adventure all these years and shares everything with you about what is happening on your vineyard.
You have discovered and experienced things that are never in the theoretical books. You only now know what terroir really means, because you have tasted it yourself.
You now know what happens at a depth of one meter in your soil and how you can taste that in your grapes and later in your wine.
you are a connaisseur
You have discovered how to judge wine when it is still in the barrel to be allowed to mature a little further. You can taste the development of those emerging secondary aromas. You know everything your vintner knows.
Welcome to Domain Bergen
a modern, sustainable vineyard, 30 km north of Amsterdam, just outside the picturesque artists’ village of Bergen, statistically the sunniest spot in the Netherlands.
At Domein Bergen, modern resistant grape varieties are planted that are adapted to the local soil and climate. This makes sustainable viticulture possible in this place.
The food forest at Domein Bergen not only provides culinary surprising products for the local catering industry, but also strengthens the resilience of the vineyards and enriches the biodiversity on the domain.
Domein Bergen is the first and only members-only vineyard in the Netherlands. This works on a simple principle: the members pay all costs, and the members eventually get all the wines. So there is no commercial sale of individual wines, everything is for the members.
This model allows the vineyard owner to fully focus on the sustainability of the vineyard and the quality of the wines.
All the work on the vineyard is done by the vineyard owner and his team. Members who like to come and work on the vineyard from time to time are always welcome, but nothing is obligatory.
Of course you are always welcome as a member for a nice walk and personal inspection of your own vines.