I live on the third floor in a new apartment building in the Jordaan in Amsterdam, so I don’t have a basement, and unfortunately that means I don’t have a wine cellar. But cellars are not an uncommon feature among Amsterdam’s older houses; whether or not they are suited for wine storage is another question. Among other things, a good cellar requires ventilation.
But there are some truly amazing cellars or caves in Amsterdam. My personal favourite is the cave of the Corvershof, built in 1723 and is now the location of Tastevin Dehue and wine educator Sander Salburg’s Wines Unlimited, on the Nieuwe Herengracht. A tasting here by candlelight is a truly unique experience. Such a beautiful old cellar does however come with a price: several years ago, the brick walls and roof started leaking, requiring them to pump a special foam into the masonry, an expensive undertaking. more>>