The wet, cold climate of Scotland makes it a less-than-ideal environment for wine production. In fact, a homegrown Scottish wine has never been successfully produced. But Christopher Trotter of Aberdeen went against all odds to create the first. Scotland’s first bottle of wine, Château Largo, has been in production for the past five years, and finally experts have tasted the vintage. The verdict? It’s undrinkable, according to The Scotland Times. It would only pair well with very, very strong cheese, a panel of wine experts declared.
“I enjoyed it in a bizarre, masochistic way,” said Richard Meadows, owner of the Great Grog Company, an Edinburgh-based wine merchant.
But Trotter has not let that less-than-stellar review of the first-ever wine produced in Scotland get him down.
"It's not great," he told the Herald Scotland. "We have produced a vintage of, shall we say, a certain quality, but I'm confident the next will be much better.”
For the next batch of wine, he will use dry ice to lock in the flavor of the grapes. Global warming may be on his side: although Scotland is usually a cooler country, the U.K. isle is expected to experience progressively warmer months in the coming decades.