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Le Clos Bois Marie

oenotourime in Terres-de-Meuse

Welcome to Clos Bois Marie, a brand-new gîte for up to 12 people located on the heights of Huy. The completely renovated accommodation, its terrace and swimming pool offer an exceptional view over the vineyards and the town of Huy… The ideal place to learn about wine tourism!

The Clos Bois Marie welcomes families and groups of friends for a relaxing stay, and even associates on a seminar, right above the vines.

Meeting with Didier Hanin, owner of the premises and passionate about winegrowing.

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When you arrive at Clos Bois Marie, on the hillsides of Huy, the first thing you notice is the view. Below, the Meuse stretches out and crosses the town of Huy, passing in front of the Collegiate Church and the Fort. Below the terrace, 1,600 vines wind their way down the slope. I look forward to learning more about this incredible place. Didier gives me a warm welcome and introduces me to the premises he recently acquired and renovated: the gîte and its vineyard.

The B&B

comfort amidst the vines

The history of Bois Marie and wine in Huy goes back a long way, even to the time of the Gauls, when wine was already being made on the slopes of the Meuse. Abandoned during the Second World War, the vineyard was brought back to life in the 1960s by architect Charles Legot. When he died, other enthusiasts took up the baton to keep this winegrowing heritage alive.

Today, it’s the turn of Tania and Didier Hanin from Marchin to take over the vineyard. Wine lovers with a long-held dream of one day having their own winegrowing project, Tania and Didier jumped at the chance to buy Clos Bois Marie. And rightly so, for this is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, isn’t it?

Owning their own home in Vyle Tharoul, it was only natural for them to transform and renovate the on-site accommodation into a gîte. Accommodation for 12 people with 2 kitchens, 3 bathrooms, 5 bedrooms, a gym and a beautiful swimming pool (with a view) for the summer. The rooms are named after grape varieties: Pinot noir, Syrah, Chardonnay, Riesling and Pinot gris. The names displayed on the doors are painted on wooden plaques and were created by a local artist.

In the gîte, you’ll feel right at home. Here, you’ll find all the comforts you need for a pleasant stay with family or friends!

The Clos Bois Marie vineyard

Since taking over in September 2020, Didier has converted his vineyard to organic, with a gentle treatment of the 1600 vines, authorized by legislation. Of the very varied grape varieties originally present, Didier decided to keep just two: Pinot noir… And another, more southern.

The white vineyard is currently being transitioned into a red vineyard, with a grafting technique using a brand new grape variety, daring for the region… Syrah! Didier is taking a gamble with this grape variety, more used to the warmer regions of the South. But if there’s one place in Belgium to try growing it, it’s here, in Huy, on the slopes of the Meuse. When summers are fine, the sunshine is perfect for Syrah. What’s more, the rooting of old vines will nourish this grape variety. To be continued, from 2022 (we’re hoping for a slightly milder summer)!

Future grapes will be vinified and blended in Brussels, at Gudule, Belgium’s first urban winery, where Didier is also a shareholder.

Belgian wine in the spotlight

in wine courses

As you can see, Clos Bois Marie is a unique place in Terres-de-Meuse.
The ideal pied-à-terre from which to explore the Condroz, the Hesbaye and of course,
the Meuse valley, while enjoying an ideal, relaxing setting amidst the vines.

Of course, wine-related experiences can be added to your stay. Vineyard visits, tastings of culinary products and, of course, wine! Gudule’s wine is in the spotlight, but so is Belgian wine in general, with cycles of oenology courses. Fun and friendly, these courses are offered in collaboration with a well-known sommelier, “La Fée pompette”, and are aimed at beginners wishing to deepen their knowledge, as well as the more experienced.

Courses for everyone, even those not staying at the gîte. An ultra-friendly moment of sharing, in groups of 4 up to 12 people. These classes take place in a tasting room, entirely dedicated to sharing and passion. They take place one evening a month for four months. I’d love to give it a try, wouldn’t you?

And maybe you’ll have the chance to take a look at Le Clos’ old cellar, where some very old bottles are kept!