Tuesday, March 20, 2012
Using various types of grapes and local fruits in several combinations, Vicente Kock has been able to produce local wine for the past quarter century. Shamu grapes (of Indian origin from Surinam), Galland grapes (Mediterranean grapes), and costa grapes (coastal grapes) are mixed with local fruits such as of the cashew, also found on trees in his gardens. From cuttings, Mr. Kock has also been able to grow such European grape varieties as sauvignon blanc, cabernet sauvignon, merlot, and red and white muscatel, also added to the mix.
Taking into account the harsh sunlight and wind, as well as pests such as lizards, iguanas, birds and insects, producing the 400 bottles of wine annually is miraculous! Mr. Kock has mastered the art of grafting various varieties to create more hearty plants that can better weather the elements. The wines are for local use only and not for export. They contain no chemicals or preservatives. No machines are used in production. Aruba's arid desert soil is actually good for growing grapes. "The worse the soil, the better the grapes!" he explains.
TOURS AND INFORMATION: To obtain more information or visit the vineyard in Santa Cruz (Sombre 22-A) where Vino Vince is produced, call Vincente Kock at 585-3995 or 567-6623. Visits are generally scheduled for Monday and Thursday at 10 am.