Orkney Wine Company
- Telephone 01856 781736
- Opening times Mar: Mon–Sat noon–4pm; Apr & Oct/Nov: Mon–Sat 11am–4pm; May–Jun & Sep: Mon–Sat 10am–5pm; Jul–Aug: Mon–Sat 10am–5pm, Sun noon–4pm; Dec: Mon–Sat 11am–5pm, Sun noon–4pm. Jan/Feb open by appointment only.
- Website www.orkneywine.co.uk
The UK's most northerly winery makes real fruit wines and liqueurs, sold throughout Scotland, and from both their on-site and online shops. Varieties include sloe, blackcurrant, blaeberry, elderberry, gorse and potato, among others, and many are matured in Arran whisky casks. The shop also sells good-quality local gifts and crafts, and ice cream in summer. The wines and liqueurs are made using as many Orkney-grown ingredients as possible, and without sulphites or preservatives – the higher than usual alcohol levels do the preserving. The wines are cleared using bentonite, a natural clay, rather than gelatine, making them suitable for vegetarians. The shop's location, though remote, is right next to the famous Italian Chapel, making it a good bet for a rainy-day excursion.