How north can you grow wine?
I’ve been to Leventhorpe, which is just south-east of Yorkshire before. Leventhorpe has an incredible 2012 madeleine angevine, which the grower once described as ‘our white Burgundy’ – which if I’d made in north Yorkshire, I’d probably say as well. It really was very good.
A little further north is Ryedale, which claims to be England’s most northerly commercial vineyard.
Most wine traditionally is grown between 30° – 50° of latitude, Yorkshire sits at 53.7°. Cool climate wines typically spell: lower alcohol (as less sugar in the grapes), lighter bodies, tarter aromas, and much higher acidity.
But global warming, better site & grape selection, and more expertise both in the vineyard & the winery, mean that cooler climates will begin to show up in places we hadn’t previously imagined.
Plus a two degree increase in global temperature will mean the majority of today’s wine won’t be able to be produced. That means new regions, new grapes, and new wines will be needed to fulfil supply.