Dalrossach (dale of roses) is a research vineyard in the River Don valley of west Aberdeenshire at latitude 57N and altitude of 800 ft. No fields of shoulder high rows of vines here. Rather than push the standard UK vineyard model ever northwards, the approach has been to use short-season Baltic varieties for outdoor grapes. To cope with severe Spring frosts, these are grown in shallow trenches which can be covered with plastic or canvas if necessary while the vines are budding. This also allows utilisation of relatively warm near-ground temperatures throughout the rest of the growing season. Vines are also grown in polytunnels and greenhouses. Both wine and table grape varieties are grown, with the main emphasis being on disease resistance in order to avoid the use of chemical sprays.
Mercian Vineyards Association David Stanley Award for Innovation 2011