Passion for wine since 1978
TEXT: XANDRA BOERSMA | PHOTO: HUIZE TIMMERMANS
In the small town of Rotem-Dilsen, hidden away in peace and quiet, are fields and more fields of grapes. The best wines are made here, by Huize Timmermans.
As one of the pioneers of Belgium viticulture, Huize Timmermans knows its wine. In the fields in the middle of Flanders, wines like Chardonnay, Kerner, Müller-Thurgau en Würzer are made.
Jan Timmermans explains that his passion for wine arose in 1978. “It started with fruit wines, made out of old apples. Soon, I had an orchard with 48 kinds of apples and grapes.” Huize Timmermans wines have an exquisite taste. Partly because the owner has been experimenting with ingredients for many years, but also because the wines are unfiltered. “That way, the original aroma is kept.”
By blending different kinds of wines, Huize Timmermans developed De Maaslander. A remarkable mix of apple and grape wine, combining their sours, aromas and tastes into a natural balance of flavours. “We put the wine in a cold cellar and let it age for months. Both will get mixed and bottled delicately. This whole process is done manually and results in a fruity wine with a high level of aroma.”
This is just one example of the time and hard work put into experimenting, and has resulted in exclusive wines that can be difficult to get hold of. However, visitors are also very welcome at the vineyard. Here, they can see the different kinds of trees in the orchard and hear all about the vines. Visit the website to make an appointment and experience the unique taste of Huize Timmermans.