Missing: Northern Ireland Wine Week - WineUncorked: Wine Reviews and Tips

June means the start of summer and also the promotion of Welsh and English wines. Welsh Wine Week has already started and goes on until the 13th June, while the English Wine Week promotions and vineyard events start the 19th and go on until 27th. A calendar of events and activities can be found on each website.

But what of Scottish and Northern Ireland Wine Week? Sadly there are no longer any vineyards in Scotland (Chateau Largo in Fife produced an 'undrinkable' wine in 2015, while Strathdon Vineyard on Lewis and Chateau Hebrides have shut due to owner retirement) while Northern Ireland has, far as I can ascertain, never had any.

A Northern Ireland vineyard is perfectly feasible though. With its known agricultural skill and latitude similar to vineyards in northern Wales and northern England, a Northern Ireland vineyard near sheltered Lough Neagh and west of populated Belfast could one day occur. The Republic of Ireland fares better with three vineyards: Viking Irish Drinks run by David Dennison, Lusca Irish Wines run by David Llewellyn of Llewellyns Orchard and Thomas Walk, run by a German now based in County Cork. It was the Walk vineyards which bred the red grape now known as Rondo, originally named Amurenisis Walk, which is used to make much of English red wine.

All of the wine weeks are promoted through Wines of Great Britain (Great Britain being an historic term for the main island of Britain and so compromises England, Wales and Scotland). Wines of Great Britain was originally known as the United Kingdom Vineyards Association and so included Northern Ireland as well as Great Britain. Somewhere along the way Northern Ireland has been forgotten.

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