Mead, also known as honey wine is made by fermenting honey and water.
Although our meads are mostly semi-sweet to sweet, meads from around the world aren’t always sweet, even within Australia, there is a wide diversity in mead styles. They can be extremely sweet or completely dry depending on how much of the honey the mead maker lets the yeast consume during fermentation.
Mead can be low alcohol and watery like a beer or can be very syrupy as a liqueur. Both types are still meads. The meads we make are in the middle, so similar to normal grape wine in their body/texture. Occasionally people who have only ever tried a foreign-made mead (usually Polish) that is sickly sweet and syrupy will say anything else isn’t ‘real’ mead. This is incorrect, a syrupy mead is just as much a mead as a thin-bodied 5% carbonated mead in a can with zero residual sweetness.
Unless stated otherwise most of our meads range from 12-14% alcohol.
Until recently we sourced all our honey from our own beehives but lost all the hives with the Newcastle region varroa mite cull. For the time being we source from other local Hunter Region commercial beekeepers.