Jean Bellefroid

I’ve never met with Jean Bellefroid. In fact,  until recently, I’d never seen even as much as a picture of the man who is now widely recognised as the godfather of modern Belgian wine. So you can imagine my surprise when I stumbled upon a clip of a 1950s TV programme (in Dutch) featuring an animated Bellefroid pruning his vines.

Although I was only a little boy at the time, I remember how on our bicycle rides my father would point to Bellefroid’s vineyard ‘Domein Cohlenberg‘ with a certain trepidation in his voice. Or was that just the reverberation caused by Flemish cobble stones when cycling past?

That sentiment of disbelief about growing grapes and making wine in beer-country is echoed by the reporters too in this video clip. But the short interview also clearly shows what a great everyday pioneer the late Jean (or Jan) Bellefroid really was, paving the way for future generations of Belgian winemakers such as Peter Colemont and Ghislain Houben.

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  1. Beste Georges,

    Bedankt voor de mooie commentaar. Als je in de buurt bent, geef mij even een seintje en spring even binnen. In dit geval laat ik je even Hoenshof horizontaal proeven. Ik heb nog een paar verrassingen in petto.


    Ghislain Houben
    Hoenshovenstraat 2
    3840 Borgloon (Hoepertingen)
    0032 477 954 533

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