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Maasdam emigrants to New Zealand

On 7 December 1996, Ruud Maasdam and Dorien Vermaas emigrated to New Zealand with their two children Rutger and Josefien. They had given up a comfortable life in The Netherlands to start the vineyard of their dreams in the region of Rapaura Road , Marlborough, famous for its superb wines. In November 1998 their daughter Annabel was born in Wellington. Now, a few years later, their 21 Hectares (52 acres) "Staete Landt Vineyards" produces Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Pinot Gris wines. The Sauvignon Blanc of the first vintage in 2000 got a mention of "outstanding" in Wine Spectator, the prominent American wine magazine.

Ruud & Dorien Maasdam

Ruud Maasdam and Dorien Vermaas

Staete Landt Sauvignon

Website Staete Landt

In May 2008 their wine is promoted by NRC-Handelsblad

NRC advertentie




Emigrants to the USA


Emigrants to the United States of America


Het Geslacht Maasdam

Source: M.A.M. Dam-Mast en A.P. van den Hoek, Het Geslacht Maasdam, Strijen / Puttershoek 1986, ISBN 90-9001230-3
Under the tab "Maasdam" is summary of the first not numbered pages of the introduction of the book "Het Geslacht Maasdam" (The Family Maasdam) by M.A.M. Dam-Mast en A.P. van den Hoek.
Notes are added by Tom de Meijer, the author of this site, who is married to Mieke van Dorsser, daughter of Jacoba Maria Maasdam.

Parts of the book with the Preface in English, the Introduction is Dutch and the branch of Pella in English can be downloaded here.