SCOTLAND

The words 'Scotland' and 'Viticulture' do not seem obviously related. However the geologist Richard Selley believes that global warming may result in vines being grown as far north as the Great Glen.Areas of warmth, such as Gairloch on the west coast allow for the growing of tropicl trees. However, the lack of lengthy periods of strong sunlight may cause problems.
Currently, Scotland has two vineyards. Any further information on other plantings would be welcomed.

Polycroft

The Polycroft was an indoor vineyard located in the far north of Lewis at 58 degrees, 28 minutes north. Black Hamburgh grapes were ripened and sold at local farmer's markets. There is currently no available information as to whether it is still in production. In 2011, Michelin chef Christopher Trotter planted the MOMENTUM vineyard at Upper Largo in Fife and is hoping to produce Scotland's first commercial wine by 2016. The varieties grown are Sirerrebbe, Solaris and Rondo.
At 57 degrees north lies Glenkindle in Strathdon. Oil geologist Alan Smith has planted an experimental vineyard, with many varieties, including Russian vines. These are designed to withstand the extreme winters of the area. Alan is also experimenting with hydroponic propagation of vines.

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