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Wye Valley Meadery Traditional Mead (70cl Bottle), 14.5% ABV

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Starting in Tintern, Monmouthshire, you cross into Gloucestershire before walking through woods up to the viewpoint. The traditional honey-based beverage is blended with delicious festive spices for a warm, comforting drink to enjoy next to a fire so delightful if the weather outside becomes frightful. If anybody ever grew up enjoying rhubarb crumble or a sprinkle of sugar on rhubarb as snack, then you're sure to enjoy this.

The vineyard is situated on a working farm where there is a small herd of pedigree Hereford cattle, sheep and ponies.

The business has benefited from TV appearances on the likes of Countryfile and BBC One’s The Farmers’ Country Showdown, which drove “explosive” growth in sales and enquiries from up and down the country.

There is a free car park and picnic benches in the garden which has mature and unusual trees and shrubs. Colin and Judith Dudley (the present owners) took over the farm and vineyard in 1996 when it had been badly neglected and worked to bring it back to the productive state in which you will find it today. Matt has been a hobby bee-keeper for over 15 years and in 2018 left the comfort of full time employment to give commercial bee-keeping a go, upscaling his hive collection to over 150 and producing excellent quality honey from the apiarys all along the Wye Valley.The oldest actual evidence of the existence of mead is in some pottery found in China dating back to 7000 BCE. If it is not through the rise of craft-brewing, the interest in home-brewing or even the surge in viking themed TV series, then maybe mead will be made popular again because of our passion at the Wye Valley Meadery.

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