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The town of Twillingate

The town of Twillingate

Bornholm is also a wine-making island

Bornholm is also a wine-making island

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The town of Twillingate

Picture the scene: a little town of brightly-painted wooden houses clinging to a bare rock shoreline where giant blue-green icebergs glide silently by and chill northern winds have beaten the vegetation into six-inch-high submission. It’s a far cry from the sunny slopes of Bordeaux, yet incredibly, in the middle of that scene, there’s a winery at work.

The town is called Twillingate and it lies on the northern shores of Newfoundland off the coast of Canada (so off the coast of Canada, in fact, that it has its own time zone — you have to adjust your watches by 30 minutes when you arrive from the mainland). My wife and I visited the place some years ago and our astonishment at these great chunks of Arctic ice floating past just yards away from the houses was almost matched by the discovery that there was someone there who actually thought it would be a good place to make wine.


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