bovesse

A directly south facing hillside, between the stony ground of the Condroz and the sandy terrain of Hesbaye

Le Domaine du Ry d’Argent and the Domaine du Chenoy are two fine examples of Belgian wine success. Their vineyards are planted on the same directly south facing hillside. The land, the sun and a very particular location always spared by the hail all combine to ensure bumper yields and magnificent wine harvests...

Article published in French by the Sud Presse - La Meuse - SudPresse.be (10/09/10) newspaper
and reproduced by kind permission of the editor.

 

 

Baele in Bovesse: a new lease of life for the family farm

Jean-François, a young farmer, dreams of making a living one day from his wine-making, while "innovating new wines, in an environmentally friendly manner... to amaze people and change the way that wine has been made for thousands of years..."

In 2005, he planted a hectare of solaris grape vines. The first wine production, in 2006, was promising... Since then, the 2009 vintage was particularly outstanding. “The white has already reached 14.5° alcohol content, naturally. A fine aperitif”.

 

 

Watch the video in French - Vers l'Avenir - Actu24.be (02:37 min in het FR)

 

Moving from traditional farming to wine was a minor revolution

One day turning their milk into wine was the feat achieved by the Baele family in Bovesse, who decided to leave the Walloon traditional farming sector.

 

 

Grape harvests at the Domaine du Ry d'Argent: hand picked by volunteers

At the Domaine du Ry d'Argent the picking is carried out with surgical precision. The 5 hectares of the Namur vineyard are harvested by hand, by volunteers. “Mechanical harvesting is perfectly possible but in all honesty, the quality of harvesting by hand can’t be equalled.”

 

Article published in French by the Vers l'Avenir - Acut24.be newspaper
and reproduced by kind permission of the editor - 14/09/2009

 

From the vine to wine: exemplary conversion in Bovesse, Namur

Bovesse, near Namur has the largest surface area of vines owned by a single tenant in Belgium. The terrain is ideal: it offers a directly south facing hillside, benefitting from a temperate microclimate. The land is also rich with shale rocks. The vine profits from all these advantages when the sun decides to shine.

For Jean-François Baele, each wine is different. "My goal is to make a wine that is first and foremost good and light, with a good nose and aromas". This required major investments, with a development of the production facilities in accordance with HACCP standards.

But what is particularly gratifying for him, is the added-value in terms of image for the farming profession provided by his new business.

 

25-26 June 2011 Farm Open Day in Namur (Bovesse) at Le Domaine du Ry d’Argent

As it does every year, Le Domaine du Ry d'Argent is participating in the Wallonia Farms Open Days. It is an invaluable opportunity to meet with local wine producers on their land, to run a tour of the vineyard and enjoy wine tasting !

25-26 June 2011 Farm Open Day in Namur (Bovesse) at Le Domaine du Ry d’Argent

Tour of the vineyard and wine tasting

During the day, there will be tours of the vines (tours leave every hour), followed by a tour of the wine cellar, with explanations of the processes for making red, white, rosé and sparkling wine.

The tours will be very educational, and there will be posters on the machines, with photos explaining everything. Ideal for the children!

Red Wine - Cuvée 2009

La Ronce 2009

Côtes de Sambre et Meuse A.O.C.

This red wine composed of Dornfelder offers a mixture of sweetness and character.

Crimson, opaque, perfumed with notes of blackcurrants and black cherries. A light wine, with intense blackberry and cedar flavours. The dense fruits on the palate are relieved by a fine tannic structure and keen acidity.
The wine is surprising due to its very rich and abundant, yet also refined, character.