Cheers: 2016 was a good year for Dutch vineyards

Last year was a very good one for the Dutch wine sector, Nu.nl website reported on Monday.

Production of wine increased by 11% to 8,374 hectolitres from 7,545 hectolitres in 2015. Total production was 1.1 million bottles of wine, two-thirds white, the remainder red.

The share of red wine increased slightly over the previous year. And the quality of Dutch wine continues to improve, helped by sunny summer weather, a sector organisation said.

There are 134 commercial vineyards in the Netherlands with 240 hectares of grapes under cultivation. Most of this is in Limburg, Gelderland and Noord-Brabant provinces.

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