STREVIN was founded by Ad Strik in December 1975, date of the inscription at the Chamber of Commerce in Amsterdam.
The wines, coming from divers Dutch importers, were sold via a well balanced mailing system, developed during 6 months. After a test period of eight months to check the good working of the system, the first bottles were imported by September 1976.
Although the first trip almost covered a complete Tour de France and vines in the West, South and East were crossed, only wines from the South-West got selected: Bordeaux, Bergerac and Irouléguy(!).
The criteria at that time were: not being represented on the Dutch market, a very high quality for a reasonable price.
With a clientele in in a way somehow "snobby", the wines scored alright en de trips multiplied to some 8 to 10 trips per year. This turned out to be rather often, though we decided in 1978 to buy a pied-à-terre in the Côtes de Duras in the middle of the vines of the Grand Sud-Ouest.
|Quickly charmed by la vie Duraquoise we decided in 1980 to move over and one year later, the 1st of June 1981, the pied-à-terre became prime domicile.
Now living in the country-side in the middle of the vines, the future was clear:
instead of importing wines into the Netherlands, it only had to be turned around: export.
Though, we have since taken part in the magnificent years 1982, '85, '89, '90, but also the night-frost of 1991. The exported wines came all from private winegrowers. In 1990 the Cave Coopérative de Mugron was added. The sales raised steadily until the French nuclear tests in 1995. Summarized one could say, that STREVIN participates in the heights and depths of this lovely "wine life" since almost 30 years. This will continue. In 2006 we selected again some Caves Particulières. And of course we go on with the house Claude Nicolas s.a.
Jan Luyken 1694.
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