Vignoble du Château de Bousval - Brabant Wallon - Belgium
Vignoble du Château de Bousval
Château de Bousval is a modern winery and at the same time a beautiful estate with a history that dates back to the 12th century. The structure of the now L-shaped building was changed drastically in 1617 as can be seen in the roof of the main wing.
The estate dates back to the 12th century. The oldest still remaining part of the castle is the round shaped tower dating back to the 16th century when Château de Bousval was owned by one of Margaret of Austria’s butlers. It was at the beginning of the 17th century that the castle had one of its first drastic transformations. In 1617 construction was finished and the date was marked in the roof of the castle’s main building as a reminder of those days. In 1727 the estate and castle were purchased by the family Vander Stegen who remained Bousval’s residents for over a century.
1879 marked the construction of one of the first greenhouses in Belgium on the estate’s premises. Perhaps this was a clear indication of the estate’s future as 1954 was the year that Miss Tamines, by then owner of the castle, founded a horticultural school in Bousval. After having passed into the hands of the family Solvay, followed by Jean-Marie Delwart, a passionate biologist who lived there 20 years, in 2004 the family Verhaeghe de Naeyer started renovation of the estate including the construction of the vineyard, cellars and winery as well as outbuildings to house the machinery used for the production of wine on the estate.
In 2014 and 2015 vines were planted in the grounds of the estate. In October 2016, Michel Verhaeghe de Naeyer and his team of winemakers celebrated their first small harvest.
Michel Verhaeghe de Naeyer is very clear in his way of thinking. You could call him a gentleman farmer and a freethinker for he doesn’t hold with accepted opinions. His dream, to create a vineyard from futile land, has become reality. With respect for his land and a profound understanding of nature, Michel had a clear goal in mind: to create a wine that causes excitement in a sustainable environment that can be passed on to future generations.