‘First’ Scottish wine to be bottled this year

26th March, 2014 by Lucy Shaw

A white wine from Fife, believed to be the “world’s first” Scottish wine, is to be bottled this year by chef and food writer Christopher Trotter.

Christopher Trotter is to bottle a white wine from Fife this year

As reported by Bloomberg, the effects of climate change have made it possible for Trotter to ripen grapes at his vineyard located to the north of Edinburgh.

While the country remains too cold for Sauvignon Blanc to ripen, Trotter has had success this year with early budding German variety Solaris, along with early ripening white Siegerrebe and red grape Rondo.

Around 75% of his 200-vine vineyard in Upper Largo on the southern coast of Fife is planted with the Solaris variety, which was developed in Germany in 1975.

While Scotland has a rich history of both whisky making and brewing, due to the cold climate, grape growing and wine making has thus far eluded the Scots.

“Scotland has been more of a beer-drinking nation than anything else. Wine hasn’t been part of the culture until now,” Trotter told Bloomberg.

Last year however, Trotter experienced his hottest summer since childhood, with temperatures averaging 21.4 degrees in Fife last July – the second highest on record, leading the vines to undertake “incredibly vigorous” growth.

Bloomberg reports that Trotter is considering scattering seashells under his vines in order to retain daytime warmth, having been inspired by French growers who use limestone to the same effect.

While Trotter’s inaugural vintage remains an experiment, if the results are successful, he will seek investors in order to plant his entire 2.4-hectare site.

5 Responses to “‘First’ Scottish wine to be bottled this year”

  1. Elizabeth Tomlinson says:

    hello I am the opposite side of the Forth to you at North Berwick, do you take visitors?

  2. caroline Fernandes says:

    Well done Chris Trotter!. I am from Scotland and now live in jersey were the food and wine has always been top priority!! My husband is from Madeira and has worked in the best hotels in the island – “as well as me “! – Hw was the Islands top Sommelier!).

    He constantly talks about French and Spanish wines and in more recent years, South African etc and so far – not Scottish!! It was great for me to see from your website just how successful you have been and continue to be so I just want to say well done to you and I can now talk about how well sought after our Scottish wine actually is – well done and long may it continue. – Caroline Fernandes ~ nee Fisher

  3. Archie Gracie says:

    Hi Chris

    Hope your wine is a great success, as I know how challenging it can be to grow grapes which can produce qaulity wine in difficult climates. I used to bottle spirits in Leven, so will be sure to look your vineyard up next time I am back home.

    Wishing you every success!!

    Archie

  4. Garry Rae says:

    Hi Chris, hope all is going well with the wine??? Do you offer the option to adopt a vine????

    Many thanks,

    Garry

  5. Kristinn S. Reed says:

    Cairn o’ Mohr has been making wine in Scotland since 1987. Is there some significant difference for this to be titled “the world’s first Scottish wine”?

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Subscribe to our newsletters

Job vacancies

Senior National Account Manager

Bibendum PLB
London, UK

ON-TRADE Sales Executive

Roberson Wine
London, UK

OFF-TRADE Sales Executive

Roberson Wine
London, UK

Judging Week Runners

Decanter World Wine Awards
ExCel Centre, London E16, UK

Sales Administrator

Les Caves de Pyrène
Guildford, UK

Retail Commercial Executive

Laithwaite's Wine
Theale, Berkshire

Wine Buyer

Conviviality Plc
Crewe, UK

Sales Account Manager - On-Trade

Berkmann Wine Cellars
Liverpool

Sales Account Manager - On-Trade

Berkmann Wine Cellars
M3/M4 corridor

Media Sales Manager - Hong Kong

The Drinks Business Hong Kong
Hong Kong

Regional Account Manager

New Generation McKinley
London, UK

Experienced Sales Account Manager – On Trade

Cantina Goccia
London and the south, UK

National Sales Manager – Premium Drinks

Core Recruitment
London based with national travel

The Global Merlot Masters 2017

Deadline : 24th February 2017

The Prosecco Masters 2017

Deadline : 10th March 2017

db Awards 2017

Deadline : 28th April 2017

The Global Organic Masters 2017

Deadline : 3rd March 2017

Click to view more

The Global Sparkling Masters

the drinks business is thrilled to announce the launch of The Global Sparkling Masters

The Global Rosé Masters 2016

the drinks business is proud to announce the launch of the Global Rosé Masters 2016.

The Prosecco Masters 2016

Now in its third year, the competition will reflect the growth in popularity of this fresh and exciting sparkling wine from the picturesque regions of Veneto and Friuli.

The Global Pinot Noir Masters 2016

After the success of last year’s competition that judged over 250 wines from no less than 16 countries, the drinks business is proud to announce the third year of the Global Pinot Noir Masters

Click to view more