Boven de 50ste breedtegraad

De middeleeuwse wijngaarden van Schoonhoven en Gouda


  • Mariëlla Beukers Utrecht University



vineyards, medieval history, Holland, Gelre


Before the climate changes of the late twentieth century, the northern part of the Low Countries was generally assumed too cold and wet for viticulture. However, there is evidence of medieval vineyards and viticulture, for example in the gardens of several castles and noble residences in Holland and Gelre around 1375. This article explores the position, size and nature of the vineyards of the castle in Schoonhoven (Holland) between 1365 and 1397 and concludes that the reasons for planting those vineyards must be sought in the noble lifestyle of the owners, which required not only representative gardens with vineyards but also verjuice – the sour juice of unripe grapes – for the table. A second conclusion is that the presence of vineyards or viticulture in areas with less suitable climatic conditions not always automatically implies the production of wine (viniculture).  


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Author Biography

  • Mariëlla Beukers, Utrecht University

    Mariëlla Beukers (1963) studeerde Geschiedenis en Mediëvistiek aan de Universiteit Utrecht. Na haar afstuderen in 1986 werkte zij voor diverse musea. Momenteel is zij coördinator Romeinse Limes Nederland. Zij publiceerde over wijn- en wijngeschiedenis in diverse tijdschriften en boeken. Sinds 2021 werkt zij als buitenpromovendus van de Universiteit Utrecht aan haar onderzoek naar de geschiedenis van de wijngaarden in Nederland tussen 1300 en 1800.





Research Article

How to Cite

Boven de 50ste breedtegraad: De middeleeuwse wijngaarden van Schoonhoven en Gouda. (2023). TSEG - The Low Countries Journal of Social and Economic History, 20(2).