The Netherlands is not known as great wine producing country, compared to France or Italy.
However there are a number of small producers here in South Limburg and this is the first time we’ve actually sampled local wines.
Yesterday afternoon we tried the Overst red wine made from a German grape variety called ‘Dornfelder’.
Normally, our red wine of choice is a soft French produced Merlot.
Compared to this we both found the Dornfelder quite ‘sour’ and difficult to drink.
The Overst wines were €8.00 for a 750cl bottle, whereas our favourite Merlot is just €4.50 for a litre bottle.
After half a glass Ans went back to the Merlot and after two and a half glasses I really could not enjoy the new red wine.
I think the remaining half bottle will end up in a sauce at some point.
The white wine we have from Overst is made from Auxerrois grapes, normally grown in the Alsace area of France.
Apparently it produces a wine similar to Chardonnay and we will look forwards to sampling this once it’s chilled a little.