Taste the Romance of the Past…
Mead was first produced thousands of years ago in Africa and Northern Europe. It’s often mentioned in ancient and mediaeval writing, from Beowulf (one of the oldest poems in the English language) and Viking sagas, to Chaucer and Shakespeare. At The Old School Winery, the age-old art of mead-making takes on new life.
We were one of the first meaderies in Australia to explore the potential of mono-floral (single-honey) meads. Each of the meads in our single-variety range features the distinctive flavours of one of Australia’s most renowned honeys, such as River Redgum, Black Box or Grey Box.
Our meads are made by fermenting a honey solution with wine yeast (in a pure mead, no grape or fruit juice is added). We aim to reveal the subtle varietal characteristics of the individual honeys by adjusting factors such as yeast type, residual sugar and alcohol levels and maturation time. The mead is then matured in oak barrels or stainless steel vats before bottling.
There are many ways to enjoy mead…
Our very popular sweet mead, ‘King Harold’s Reserve’, offers a traditional mead experience. Inspired by the meads of mediaeval times, it’s especially tempting when mulled (warmed with spices) for a festive treat, on cosy winter evenings, or when friends are visiting. It’s also delicious as a decadent dessert wine.
Most meads may be enjoyed as an after-dinner drink, or with a cheese platter, while our dry & medium-sweet varietal meads may also be served, lightly chilled, as a table wine.
Try adding a dash of mead to a cocktail, or serve over ice in the summer for a tempting treat!
We suggest that, once opened, our sweet and table-wine style meads should be treated like a white grape wine: for best results, place an air-tight stopper in opened bottles and store in the fridge for up to 10 days. The fortified meads should keep well for several months once opened – if you can resist them that long!
Please note: mead contains alcohol. Enjoy in moderation!
Purchasing Our Meads
Our meads & wines are available from our cellar door. Sometimes we also attend regional farmers’ markets and festivals – updates on these will appear on our Facebook page from time to time! You’re also welcome to order from our online store at http://www.farmhousedirect.com.au, a ‘virtual farmer’s market’ run by Australia Post.
For more information about our current range, prices and shipping costs, please see our store on http://www.farmhousedirect.com.au/theoldschoolwinery.
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It is against the law to sell or supply alcohol to, or to obtain alcohol on behalf of, a person under the age of 18 years. Our wine shipments require signature on delivery (or collection from Post Office) by the customer, who must be at least 18 years of age.