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Oxford Companion to Wine

Oxford Companion to Wine

By Jancis Robinson

Published 2006

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Despite its far northern latitude, vines have been grown here since the Middle Ages. Denmark was acknowledged as a wine-producing country in eu regulations only in 2000, however, and the first commercial vintage was 2001, when there were only two wine producers. By 2014 there were 90, although many are very small-scale. Modern Danish viticulture is helped by climate change and depends on new varieties (hybrids or disease resistant) such as Rondo and Regent for reds and Solaris and Orion for whites. Most wines are relatively light. Most Danish wines have pgi status and are designated with one of four regions – Jutland, Funen, Zealand, and Bornholm. A Protected Designation of Origin (pdo) for a sparkling wine, one of Denmark’s specialities, was in the pipeline in 2014.