Made from the fermentation of honey and water, mead (or honey wine) is the earliest known form of consumable alcohol. Its first appearance as a beverage was approximately 10,000 years ago. Mead has deep historical roots, and it was the drink of choice for many ancient civilizations.
In ancient Greece, Hippocrates used mead as a tonic, while the Vikings believed that honey and mead were a gift from the heavens (Valhalla) and possessed magical properties. In Celtic traditions, a wedding wasn't complete without a mead toast to the young couple, wishing them a sweet marriage. It has even been said that the term honeymoon comes from a tradition where-in the newly married couple would drink mead for a full lunar (moon) cycle, to ensure a long marriage with fertility, health, and success.
Rosewood meads are hand-created from all natural ingredients, showcasing the lush bounty of Ontario. We incorporate our own Niagara Bench honey, Ontario grapes and other local flavours. Honey is a remarkable product which contains a complex mixture of sugars, enzymes, proteins, organic compounds and trace minerals. These compounds give honey its distinctive flavour and aromas, which, when fermented, creates sensational wines with incredible character. Meads are produced in several different styles including some traditional Celtic meads, sweeter ones, and a few which we age for 24-36 months in French Oak barrels.
Innovation is at the heart of our mead making process, and we strive to produce inspired meads with a twist. Our mead's are inspired by both classic and modern interpretations of this once popular, but almost forgotten drink of the past.
Here are some quick facts and tips about our Rosewood Meads:
- Meads vary from dry to sweet.
- We produce a wide range of meads including pyments, melomels and barrel aged meads.
- Alcohol ranges between 12% to 16.5%.
- Some meads are aged in seasoned premium French Oak barrels.
- Meads are best served chilled.
- Meads are versatile and pair easily with cheeses, desserts, savoury and spicy cuisine. They can also be powerful and interesting mixers in cocktails.
With great aging potential, many of the meads can be enjoyed now or cellared for years.
MEAD: Mead, also known as honey wine, is an alcoholic beverage crafted by fermenting honey and water with yeast. Most age in oak barrels.
Rosewood Meads – Harvest Gold, Mead Royale, Grande Reserve Ambrosia
MELOMEL: Melomel is a type of mead that integrates fruit juice (raspberry, cherry, blackberry) in the mead. Melomels range from dry to sweet.
Rosewood Melomels – Mon Cherie
PYMENT: Pyment is a type of mead that is fermented with grape juice. We use Gewürztraminer and Pinot Noir. Our Pyments never see the inside of an oak barrel. This is done to better preserve the fresh acidity and aromatics that are produced by the unique combination of grape juice and honey.
Rosewood Pyments – Mead Noir, Mead Blanc