A unique view

On the vineyard

Entre-Deux-Monts, between the Rodeberg and the Zwarteberg

The two hills

The name of our wine estate is a reflection of the impressive landscape around us. You will find us right in the heart of Heuvelland, on the ridge between two mountains: the Rodeberg and the Zwarteberg.

We named the estate Entre-Deux-Monts, a French name for a Belgian wine domain that literally flirts with the French border. Does it need saying that we don’t wish to hide our ambition to become as indisputable as the top wines of France – the wine country par excellence? 

“I live very close. However, each time I arrive in Heuvelland I think to myself: What a lovely region!” Nele Callens

The slopes on which our wine estate rest, are not only located at the intersection between two approximately 150-metre-high hills, or right on the border with France, but also exactly on the border between the Lys and Yser basins. This irregular border can also be perceived underground, as the northern sandy loam soil changes into the southern loam soil. 

Taking into account that Belgium is still an up-and-coming wine-producing country compared to our neighbours France, Germany, and Luxembourg, all these factors constitute quite a large field of tension. Entre-Deux- … you could very well add any term you like at the end! How about Entre-Deux-Pays or Entre-Deux-Rivières? 

Year-round work in the vineyard

"Few people know that the southern hillside of Entre-Deux-Monts is also where the Douve Valley starts.” Martin Bacquaert

The Douve Valley gets its name from the Douve River, which originates on the Zwarteberg just across the border with France. The river also forms a physical land border, only about 100 metres from our vineyard. It goes without saying that the meandering Douve plays an invaluable ecological role in its catchment area, to which our vineyard belongs. 

“We are internationally catalogued as a cool climate wine estate. These types of wines are mainly produced in northern regions and have more moderate alcohol levels than southern wines, but offer more finesse and refinement.” Martin Bacquaert

Heuvelland terroir

Heuvelland terroir

On our hilly slopes, ancient ironstone, and silex are essential. These stone formations, in combination with a sandy loam soil, ensure good drainage. It is the specific composition of the soil that gives the Heuvelland wines their unique typicity. 

Grandfather Jean’s terroir has proven to be perfectly suited for making wines that fit in perfectly with the region’s microclimate. Their elegant, harmonious, and juicy character is nicely balanced with the alcohol content, resulting in high digestibility and drinkability.

In other words, the terroir, the mountains and the sea are crucial factors in allowing the grapes to ripen perfectly. Thanks to the cool climate, they can ripen very late, even into October.

“Our Heuvelland terroir helps us to make wonderful wines. And, of course, the vines get a bit older over the years, just like our team gets more experienced. (laughs)” Nele Callens

Cool climate

Entre les montagnes et la mer, between the mountains and the sea. Our grapes benefit from a temperate maritime climate. Heuvelland’s location, influenced by the North Sea, forms a perfect microclimate for our wines, allowing the grapes to ripen slowly. It is not without reason that Heuvelland is sometimes called the little Tuscany of the North. The proximity of the North Sea ensures that the mild sea air tempers large temperature fluctuations. This way, the hillside vineyards are naturally better protected against spring frost and excessively high temperatures.

“People often think that good wines can only be made in a predominantly warm region. But I would like to dispel that cliché.” Martin Bacquaert

the humble pride of crafting premium wines in this unique cool climate region

Respect for nature

We try to make sustainability a priority, using a 360° model as much as possible. We calculate our ecological footprint annually and use an action plan to work effectively on matters that can still be optimised in all areas of our company. In terms of production, we have already started to work with lighter bottles and recycled cardboard, but we’ve also implemented infrastructural measures such as installing solar panels, reusing rainwater, and thoroughly insulating our buildings.

“Rather than industrial or civil engineering, I chose to study bioengineering, because of my love for the living sciences. I also have a green thumb and I am interested in anything related to plants, soil, or the climate.” Martin Bacquaert

When possible, we avoid the use of herbicides and insecticides in the vineyard itself. That’s why we remove the weeds around the vines mechanically, and mulch the trimmings. We also sowed the entire vineyard with grass to prevent erosion and retain more carbon in the soil. Nevertheless, we deliberately keep the number of interventions in the vineyard to a minimum, which is why weeding and mowing are combined, for example.

To encourage biodiversity, we chose to plant grass in the vineyards and install several kilometres of hedges and wooden edgings around the estate. This way, we hope to keep the local fauna and flora in balance by benefitting natural predators. The wooden boxes we installed for kestrels organically prevent ripe grapes from being eaten by small birds. 

“I want to let nature take its course as much as possible. Planting native hedges also fits in with this philosophy.” Martin Bacquaert

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Wine estate Entre-Deux-Monts

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