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Belgian wine achieves record growth in 2022 and boosts its reputation

19:19 06/03/2023

Belgian wine’s popularity is on the rise along with its production: 3 million litres were produced by the country’s 254 winegrowers in 2022, reports RTBF.

Last year was an exceptional one for wine growing. While the weather conditions were more than optimal, the local industry was boosted by the number of individuals and companies entering the wine business.

In the past, few people would have betted on Belgian wine compared to its better-known French or Italian competitors. Now, however, its reputation at home and abroad is flourishing.

One such vineyard is Château de Bioul in the province of Namur. Specialising in natural wines, it has started selling in New York, recounts owner Vanessa Vaxelaire. “I met a lady who is passionate about our wines and biodynamics.”

The American customer was so enthused with the Belgian grape variety, she ordered an entire pallet. Even if this was a one-off export, “the Château de Bioul has no intention of invading the global market,” it was pleasant business, says Vaxelaire.

With 11 hectares surrounding its castle domain in the Meuse valley, the vineyard mainly produces white and sparkling wine. Since launching 10 years ago, it has gone from strength to strength, also organising events and running guided tours and a restaurant.

Photo: Vanessa and Andy Vaxelaire © Chateau de Bioul

Written by Louis Kernoa-Pascoe