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Vineyards & Wineries in Scotland

Scotland Vineyards & Wineries

Many of the wineries in Scotland focus on the production of fruit wines as grapes are more difficult to grow on a commercial scale. The climate is colder in Scotland and therefore the grapes do not ripen enough to produce a high enough alcohol content. 

Many of the wineries in Scotland are open for tours and have a shop and café. Listed below are some of the wine regions in Scotland.

  1. Aberdeenshire
  2. Perthshire

1. Aberdeenshire

Aberdeenshire is home to at least one vineyard which measures 0.09 hectares. The vineyard in Aberdeenshire is a research vineyard and therefore not open to the public. The vineyard grows grape varieties similar to those grown on similar latitudes such as those from Latvia, Lithuania and Russia.

2. Perthshire

Perthshire is home to at least one winery. The winery is open for tours and has a café and shop. The winery in Perthshire produces fruit wines made from fruits such as strawberry, raspberry, blackberry, and elderflower. The winery in Perthshire has a unique bottle smashing tournament in which participants try to smash 7 wine bottles against a suspended rock.

How big is the Scottish wine area?

The Scottish wine area is at least 0.3758 hectares.

What are some of the facilities that can be found in Scottish wineries?

There are some facilities available for visitors to the Scottish Wineries. Listed below are some of the facilities found in Scottish Wineries. 

  1. Shop: Some of the wineries have a shop where you can buy te wies that they produce.
  2. Café: Some of the wineries have a café where visitors can get a bite to eat.

Are the wineries in Scotland open to the public?

Yes, some of the wineries in Scotland are open to the public. Some of the wineries are open for tours and tastings and some have a shop and a café.

Are there any vineyards in Scotland?

Yes, there is at least one vineyard in Scotland. Dalrossach vineyard is a research vineyard that is experimenting with grape varieties from Latvia, Lithuania and Russia. The vineyard has had some success growing grapes by protecting the vines against the elements. The vineyard uses greenhouses, polytunnels and trenches to grow the grapes. 

Are there any wine tasting tours in Scotland?

Yes, there are some wine tasting tours in Scotland. Cairn O’ Mohr winery in Errol, Perthshire has a 90 minute tour following the production process from berry to bottle and finishing up with a tutored tasting in the sampling room. The tour is available on Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays, at 12.30pm and 2.15pm. The wine tasting tour costs at least £10.00 per person.

What time of year is best for wine tours in Scotland?

The best time for wine tours in Scotland is in August. 

What is the geography and climate of the Scottish wine region?

The geography of the Scottish wine regions would allow for grape production. However, the climate in Scotland is too cold for large-scale commercial wine making. 

The current climate in Scotland is too cold for grapes to properly ripen. When grapes cannot fully ripen the sugars are not fully developed resulting in a lower alcohol content. However, other fruits can be grown in these climatic conditions. Therefore many of the larger scale wine producers in Scotland specialise on fruit wines made from fruits such as berries.

Scotland has fertile soil and plenty of space for agriculture and therefore would not present a problem for grape production if the climate was warmer. The fertile soils of the Scottish wine regions allow for other fruits to be grown such as strawberries, blackberries and elderflowers. 

What wines are produced in Scotland?

There are many different types of fruit wines produced in Scotland. Some of the wines produced in Scotland are listed below.

  1. Fruit wines: The fruit wines produced are made from berries such as strawberry, gooseberry, raspberry and blackberry. Some of the fruit wines produced are suitable for vegans. The wines are available at the winery or selected stockists throughout the UK from at least £7.85. 
  2. Flower and Leaf wines: Flower and leaf wines are made from elderflower or oak leaf. The wines are available to buy from the winery or selected stockists for at least £7.85.

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