The Fraser Valley has another bright star on the horizon. Festina Lente honey winery has opened across the road from Township7. The meadery is owned by Teresa Townsley and Bill Townsley. It all began with a 5 acre hobby farm purchased in 2010. The farm is now inhabited by 4 horses, 30 chickens, an indoor cat, 2 active and lovable puppies and two University-aged Children who are as dedicated to their horses. As beekeepers and winemakers, it was a natural fit to explore the lost tradition of Mead or Honey Wines
"Festina Lente" is Latin for "Make Haste Slowly" and reflecting the care and pride that the owners take in their sophisticated and timeless wines.
Barbara and I had met Teresa a year ago at a Township7 event where she was displaying her honey and jams. It is obvious a great deal of research and planing went into the opening of their winery. The tasting room is an addition to their home.
We were fortunate to find Teresa working the tasting bar. We admired the rooms decor as she served other customers before stepping to the bar. There were ten different wines to taste.
Teresa guided us through the tasting in in a very professional manner describing each wine in great detail. A formate that more wineries need to incorporate.
The first selection called Nectaris Deorum provided a taste of apple and Carmel. Although considered a dry wine I dedicated some hints of sweetness . A very good tradition mead wine. All wines named after Roman Gods. This was followed by the Vinum Regum a slightly sweet wine with nice warm honey notes.
Also making a good impression was Fortuna a combination of Sweet and sour cherry Melomel. A limited release most enjoyable. Next came Epona (the horse goodness) a plum melomel.. Excellent!
If you enjoy desert wines the Silvanas with a touch of pure Canadian Maple Syrup is the one for you Barbara and I were both impressed by the wine.
The taste of honey and wine along with good hospitality awaits you at Festina Lente Estate Winery!