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DNA reveals history of vintage wine

The French were probably sipping wine made from an identical grape to one used today back in medieval times.

DNA from ancient grape seeds shows the grapevine behind a local vintage has been cultivated continuously for 900 years.

Ancient grapes found at archaeological sites also reveal what the Romans grew in their vineyards 2,000 years ago.

They may have made wines closely related to Pinot Noir and Syrah, according to scientists.


Sunday, June 16, 2019 - 08:30

Aberdeenshire Polytunnel Wine Test

The main interest here is growing table grapes, but there are also wine varieties. In 2018, a test was done using the Russian red hybrid, Golubok, and the French-American red hybrid, DeChaunac (Seibel 9549), which were planted in the polytunnel in 2015. No chemical sprays were used on the vines, and no sugar or any preservatives/additives were used during winemaking. The growing season began approximately two weeks late, on account of unusually cold weather in March. Budburst was on the 27th of April for Golubok and the 1st of May for DeChaunac, budburst dates more typical for outdoor


Sunday, March 17, 2019 - 14:00

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Monday, January 7, 2019 - 17:00

Chancellor delivers "hammer blow" to wine

 Tax on wine willl rise alongside inflation, meaning punters will pay 7p more per bottle in 2019.


“The Chancellor to increase wine rates significantly is a hammer blow to this great British industry,” said Miles Beale, chief executive of the Wine & Spirits Trade Association (WSTA).

“It actively undermines a sector that has been hardest hit since the Brexit Referendum and will be thoroughly unwelcome for the 33 million consumers of the nation’s most popular alcoholic drink.”

He said the price hike next year will “stifle growth of our flourishing English wine industry; and raise prices


Tuesday, October 30, 2018 - 14:15


It’s not everyday that royalty drops into Rathfinny, but this week Her Royal Highness Princess Anne came to officially open their new winery buildings: The ‘Cellar’, which will store all their wine whilst it matures in the bottle ‘on-lees’ and the ‘Bottling’ centre that will house all their bottling, riddling, disgorging, labelling and packaging equipment.


Saturday, May 12, 2018 - 08:45


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