Posted: 17/08/2013 at 23:41
Lots of UK vinyards are now successfully growing classic red wine varieties such as Pinot Noir outdoors, mainly for the sparkling wine trade. You will also find many other red varieties like Rondo and Triomphe d'Alsace. I don't think we'll see Cab Sav or Merlot vintages any time soon but the future does look promising. Several big Champagne houses are buying land in the SE of England because of its potential - same geology as the Champagne region and already producing superb wine (try Nyetimber). The weather isn't always good enough though and last year many vinyards didn't harvest any grapes at all.
The Romans grew vines for wine as far noth as Yorkshire but I would guess that your plant is a dessert type and really needs the shelter of a greenhouse. You can grow them as standards which would take up less room.