Alan Smith's Highland vineyard is unique for Britain, in that it employs trenches in which to grow vines- a similar mehod to that used in Quebec. By this means, the vineyard avoids the late frosts that occur in these northern latitudes.
The vines are also chosen to survive in harsh latitudes, with north European favoured.Zilga (a Latvian red) and Jodupe (Lithuanian) are amongst the varieties used. These reached about 14.5 Brix in 2014 (60 Oe)

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