Chateau Largo Vines ready for first Scottish vintage in 2014
As climate change creates an opportunity for some winemakers and problems for others, Scotland's Chateau Largo is hoping to produce its first vintage this year of what is believed to be the first ever Scottish wine. Exciting new, since, until now, the climate has been too cold to grow grapes properly for wine making.
Scottish chef and food writer Christopher 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, where last summer’s temperatures reached 21.4 degrees Celsius, about 70 degrees Fahrenheit, allowing the Solaris vines to grow vigorously.
Although Trotter’s wine making is an experiment, if successful Trotter says he’ll look for investors so he can plant more vines and continue making what he’s calling Chateau Largo.