Urban wineries are becoming increasingly popular, especially in America. In Europe there are a few and we’re the first the Netherlands. How do you make wine in the city when there are no grapevines or roads in sight?
First of all: why would you?
By moving the grapes, instead of the wine, we bring the production process closer to the people and the people closer together. We want to share our enthusiasm for wine with free spirits from in and around Amsterdam. In addition, making wine on neutral soil also gives us the unique opportunity to bring all grape varieties, countries and styles together under one roof. This allows us to innovate and experiment with new flavors and experiences.
So, where do the grapes come from?
We only work with organic fruit from carefully selected partners throughout Europe. Farmers, families and entrepreneurs who care for their land, the plants, the harvest and their people. Over the years, our farmers have become part of the Chateau family. Together we determine a number of things: how are we going to prune, how are we going to take care of the land and when are we going to harvest. The timing of the harvest determines the amount of sugars, acids and flavors and aromas that the grape gives to the wine.
Meet our farmers
Our grapes come from farmers all over Europe, meet our European family.
A sustainable choice
As a modern company, with a warm heart for our planet, all our choices are weighed with sustainability as the main pillar. Transparency is key to this. We are what we do, the outcomes can always be better, but we set the bar high. We keep questioning everything, and opt for improvement where possible – so here’s an invitation to you: keep us sharp and feel free to point us to progress.
Moving grapes, is it sustainable?
We only use organic grapes for the 80,000 bottles of wines we’ll be producing. 1 bottle of wine of 0,75 liters contains 1,2 kilos of grapes/fruit, so in total we buy 1,2 x 80,000 = 96,000 kg of fruit. That means taking care of 20 hectares of land. By buying only organic fruit, according to TruePrice, we are producing 5x less CO2 pollution (0.4 Kg CO2 / bottle less) than a conventional producer. Our transport, on the other hand, weighs 2x heavier than with a conventional producer (0.05 Kg CO2/ bottle more). As a measure, we are working on more efficient and CO2-friendly logistics solutions, other packaging than the CO2-taxing ‘glass bottle with a heavy soul’, and our policy is: no distribution/sales outside our own national borders.
Waste is fake
We close our production according to the zero-waste principle. From leftovers, such as the peels and seeds, a beer is brewed in collaboration with Oedipus and a grappa is made with The Stillery. And of course we also make our own Piquette. And what’s left goes to the local pig farmer at ‘Buitengewone Varkens’ in Amsterdam-Noord.