WINE lovers will be able to buy their first vintage of Scottish wine within the next 50 years, say scientists.So global warming might be OK after all.
Using computer models, the scientists at the Hadley Centre for Climate Prediction and Research, in Bracknell, say Britain will enjoy rising temperatures within the next five decades, possibly up by 2C, making it possible for viticulturists to develop vineyards north of the Border.
Not all of Scotland would benefit.
Dr Elaine Booth, research officer at the SAC in Aberdeenshire, specialising in crops and soil research, suggests the drier east coast would be more suited to vineyards.No problem: the rest of the country can continue to produce whisky and Irn-Bru.
If I keep eating my greens I may be around in 2050 to enjoy the odd bottle of Cote du Forth or Chateau Cowdenbeath.