As wine makers adapt to climate change, the altering temperatures around the globe are creating problems for some and opportunities for others. Scotland is one of those countries that could see opportunity for wine where there was none before. Until now, the climate in the country has been too cold to grow grapes properly for wine making.
This year, Scottish chef and food writer Christopher Trotter will bottle what’s believed to be the first Scottish wine. Trotter has successfully grown the early-ripening Solaris variety, a German grape that produces a white wine. His vineyards are in Upper Largo on the southern coast of Fife. Last summer’s temperatures there reached 21.4 degrees Celsius, about 70 degrees Fahrenheit, allowing the Solaris vines to grow vigrorously.
Late last year, Scottish news channel The Branch interviewed Trotter about his hopes for a 2014 vintage.
Right now, Trotter’s wine making is an experiment. If it’s a successful experiment, Trotter he’ll look for investors so he can plant more vines and continue making what he’s calling Chateau Largo.
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