The upper Don valley has some of the highest farmalnd in Britain. Despite being in the "grey" zone on the mean summer temperature map (see Background), Growth Degree Day heat totals within the shelter of the garden are more akin to those of "pink" zone areas. Vineyards in the latter zone have been successfully tried as far north as Northumberland. It was therefore to try 'outdoor' grapes. They are not the first to be grown this far north though - outdoor grapes were reported in Buckie on the coast of Moray in 1933 [Aberdeen Press and Journal, 1933, Grapes in the open at Buckie. Tuesday August 23rd, p.8.].