Our Wines & Meads

Our wines & meads are available from our cellar door & online our online store at http://www.farmhousedirect.com.au, a ‘virtual farmer’s market’ run by Australia Post. Sometimes we also attend regional farmers’ markets and festivals – updates on these will appear on our Facebook page from time to time! 

About Our Meads

Wonderful place, lovely people and the mead – I had never tasted it before and it was wonderful! …We will be back. Jan Diamond

Mead is probably best known as the favoured drink of heroes in many myths and legends (and certain recent books and blockbuster movies!). Mead was first produced thousands of years ago in Africa and northern Europe. 

In fact, mead vies with beer for the title of the world’s oldest alcoholic drink. It’s often mentioned in ancient and mediaeval texts, from Beowulf (one of the oldest poems in the English language) to the Viking sagas and Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales.

Traditional mead styles vary from one country and region to another – there are sweet meads, dry meads, mead ales, high alcohol meads,  meads with added fruit or spices or herbs – but basically, a mead is a honey wine, made by adding yeast to a honey solution.

The yeast ferments the natural sugars in the honey and produces alcohol as a result. There’s a little more magic, art and science to the process of course, and good luck as well. Meadmakers and beekeepers keep an anxious eye on the weather, the blossoming of trees and the welfare of the bees.

Because we use regional honeys in our meads, you can taste not only the romance of the past, but also the results of the season, and the flavour of place. 

There are many ways to enjoy our mead…

Meads are particularly delicious served with a cheese platter or as an after dinner drink. Sweeter meads are perfect with dessert, or spiced and served as a hot mulled wine on cosy winter evenings – or as a festive treat. Indulge in warm spiced mead (perhaps served in one of our handmade mediaeval-style pottery mead beakers) with shortbread or ginger cake on the side, for a memorable Christmas in July party.

If you feel a bit inventive and adventurous, try a refreshing glass of mead served over ice on a hot summer’s day, or create a mead-based cocktail. And if you love cooking, the rich, complex, mellow flavours of honey wine will add something special to your favourite recipes.

Drinking & Cellaring Mead

Like wine, mead should be stored in a cool dark place. But please don’t put it in the cellar and forget about it! Our meads are made to be enjoyed within a few years of purchase. We suggest that our table-wine style meads should be treated like white grape wine. For best results, once opened, place a clean air-tight stopper in the bottle 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!)

ONLINE SALES

Our current range:
  • King Harald’s Reserve”: Traditional sweet pure honey mead, great for mulling. $32.00 (750ml)
  • Erik the Red” Fortified Mead & “Bluey” Red: The best of both worlds! Grapes and honey combine in these exciting red meads.
  • Barbera: A true red grape wine made from the ancient Italian grape variety, barbera. Dry yet resonant with mellow fruitiness.

To purchase, please visit our cellar door or go to our online store:

https://www.farmhousedirect.com.au/theoldschoolwinery.

Or call us with your credit card details:

03 5489 3249


About Our Grape Wines

Our grape wines, like our meads, are also inspired by our interest in ancient winemaking traditions.

For instance, our very popular ‘Bluey’ Red draws on the Ancient Roman custom of blending grapes with honey to produce a wine rich in the flavours of grape but with a hint of honey on the finish.

Staying with the Italian influence, we also use an Italian grape variety, Barbera, which has been grown in Northern Italy since the thirteenth century. Well suited to our warmer climate, it develops intense and complex berry and fruit aspects when allowed to fully ripen on the vines and then late picked in autumn to produce a robust fruity red.

We use locally grown wine grapes from the Perricoota wine-grape region, which is situated beside the River Murray near Echuca and Moama.

Producer-Wholesaler Licence No.24008153

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.

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