the Esker of Twente

A vineyard on the Esker of Twente, The Netherlands

Our vineyard is located on sloping land in Langeveen called the Mandjesberg. Searching for a destination for this land, it became clear that the high gravel content, caused by an Esker, would be highly suitable for growing grapes. Thus the idea for Vineyard de Mandjesberg was born.

An Esker or meltwater ridge is a mound in the landscape or underground caused by meltwater under an ice sheet, such as a glacier. The mound consists of sand mixed with gravel and boulders that were small enough to be carried by the water. This makes this soil poor and extremely suitable for growing several varieties of grapes. In the Netherlands, an Esker is a rare phenomenon.

Under the guidance of winemaker Roelof Visscher of Neerlands Wijnmakerij in Bentelo, the leap of faith was taken and the first 7000 plants were planted in May 2021. The choice to use this land to grow grapes proved to be the right one; amazing to see how quickly the plants grew and a beautiful vineyard was created within a few months!

The decision to expand was therefore quickly made; another 5,000 grape plants were planted in April 2022. The first grapes were harvested in autumn 2022 and we hope to have several fine wines produced under the Eskerwijn name in the winery run by and in close cooperation with Roelof Visscher and his team.



In 2020, the idea of starting a vineyard was born. After consultation with Roelof and Ilse Visscher of Twentewijn in Bentelo and the positive result of the soil samples, the decision was made and the grape plants and materials were ordered.


In May 2021, the first 7,000 grapevine plants were planted: the Cabernet Blanc, Riesling, Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. Shortly afterwards, all the stakes were placed, the wires were pulled and the drip line was installed, so that the young plants could get enough moisture even during dry periods.


A further 5000 plants, Sauvignier Gris and Cabaret Noir, were planted in April 2022. This September and October saw the first harvest, with a total yield of about 1,000 kilos.


In 2023, we will harvest again from the first 7000 plants, but once again this will not be a full harvest. This year will also see the first (small) harvest of Cabaret Noir and Sauvignier Gris, which were planted in 2022.


In 2024, we expect a reasonably full harvest of Cabernet Blanc, Riesling, Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, which were planted in 2021. Furthermore, we hope to re-harvest Cabaret Noir and Sauvignier Gris. This year, we aim to introduce our first wine from the 2022 harvest!


In 2025, we expect a full crop from the 2021 planting and a reasonably full crop from the 2022 planting. Furthermore, we hope to introduce fine wines from the 2023 harvest.

Vineyard the Mandjesberg

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Our grapes

Carbernet Blanc

Carbernet Blanc

A white Swiss grape, a hybrid between Cabernet Sauvignon and Regent. A resistant variety with even and vigorous growth. The bunches are loose and the skin of the grape is fairly thick. The grape produces fragrant white wines; fresh and dry with a long aftertaste.

Pinot Noir

Pinot Noir

A popular grape variety for its mild flavour and versatility. It grows best in cool, temperate climates. The soil and climate in which the Pinot Noir grape grows has a great influence on the taste of the wine. In Germany, this blue grape is called Spätburgunder and is mainly used to make red wine.



A white grape variety originating in Burgundy in France and planted all over the world, with remarkable adaptability in terms of climate and soil. Depending on where it is grown and how the wine is made, this grape offers a variety of flavours.

Sauvignier Gris

Sauvignier Gris

Sauvignier Gris is a lesser-known grape variety, which is more resistant to colder and damp weather. It is a cross between Cabernet Sauvignon and Bronner; a cross between a blue grape and a white grape. This creates a pale pink grape, which produces a white wine due to the short fermentation of skins.



The Riesling grape originates from Germany and is very versatile. It grows on many different soils and therefore absorbs the characteristics of the soil in which it grows. The Riesling grape evolves optimally in a slightly cooler zone where slow ripening emphasises its aromatic character.

Cabaret Noir

Cabaret Noir

This is a hybrid between Cabernet Sauvignon and an unknown resistant grape. An early ripening, loose and frost-resistant grape that produces red and rosé wines. Cabaret Noir is well suited to northern wine regions.


Expected amidst 2024.

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Knooperf de Veldboer 18
7679 WH Langeveen

+31 6 282 297 16

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