“The Belgian wine scene is not actually so new,” explains Mig, a primarily selftaught oenologist who opened his hugely successful independent wine boutique back in 1995. “The story goes that when Napoleon invaded he pulled up all the country’s vineyards. He did not want any competition for French wine.” In a similar vein to countries such as England, where the climate can be “iffy”, Belgium’s wine scene has really started to take off again in recent years. Mig explains that although many Belgians may not yet know about their country’s wine scene, an increased interest in buying local is helping the industry grow.