Unfortunately, experts have branded it "undrinkable". Ouch

Move over, France. Scotland is making a bid to become a wine capital to be reckoned with.

 

Christopher Trotter, from Aberdeen, set up a vineyard in Fife three years ago and has produced his first vintage, chateau largo. 

 

Great idea – and proof that grapes can grow in rainy Scotland. So what does it taste like?

 

Over to the experts: "It has potential. It doesn’t smell fresh but it’s crisp and light and structurally, it’s fine," said Richard Meadows, owner of Edinburgh-based wine merchants, Great Grog Company.

 

"It’s not yet drinkable but, that said, I enjoyed it in a bizarre, masochistic way."

 

Ouch. But you know what they say: in vino veritas.

 

According to the The Scotsman, Trotter thinks the wine went sour because he didn't chill the grapes quickly enough after they were picked. He has been told to use dry ice in his next harvest to improve the taste and lock in the fruitiness of the grapes.

 

Trotter was inspired to set up his vineyard after his friend suggested Fife's climate would be perfect for grape harvesting in the next 20 years due to global warming.

 

"My wine will never be like a chablis. But the aim is to produce a good-quality table wine and I believe that can be achieved," said Trotter.

 

"We have had a terrific spring and the vines are looking fantastic."

 

No sour grapes here.

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