Very soon Curaçao will be producing its own local wines.
This is being enabled by the Curaçao Winery.
It was in 2000, that Roelof and Ilse Visscher started a winery business in the Netherlands, which at that time was quite unusual in the relatively cold North of Europe. This business has now developed into a 5.5 hectares vineyard and a winery, producing wines from vineyards covering a total area of 30 hectares.
In 2010, Roelof and Ilse were ready for the next challenge. They started doing research on opportunities for viniculture in Curaçao. The research involved a thorough study on soil and water, a market research, and a general research on available business opportunities.
2014 was the year in which Roelof and Ilse decided to take on the challenge to become Curaçao pioneers by starting the first winery business in Curaçao: ‘Curaçao Winery’. They started planting grape plants at plantation Hato. This plantation covers an area of 2 hectares, of which 1 hectare has now been planted. Recently they also started planting the other half of the area. Next step would be to expand the vineyard to 15 to 20 hectares. This could be realized by means of collaborations with local farmers.
Roelof and Ilse made a conscious choice for community involvement. Besides offering employment, the winery aims to organize training programs for local farmers and students. Technologies applied on viniculture could also be applicable to the growing of other types of crops.
Besides viniculture, Curaçao Winery is also developing a local winery, aiming at a production of 150.000 liters of wine. Further, Curaçao Winery will provide services that involve anything related to the wine-experience, such as: guided tours, tasting events, and lodging. The winery aims to become a top attraction for Curaçao’s tourism industry, and a place where anyone can enjoy wine in a relaxed, natural setting.
Meanwhile Curaçao Winery is receiving attention from other Caribbean islands, such as St. Martin and Aruba. It could very well be that these daredevils are paving a way for promising new business opportunities in the Caribbean.
For more information: http://www.curacaowine.com/
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