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British Columbia

British Columbia is Canada's most western province boarding on the Pacific Ocean. It is known for its mountains, lakes, islands, rainforests, beautiful stretches of coastline, picturesque cities, attractive towns, and world-class skiing making it one of the most popular destinations in Canada.

It is know for its Okanagan Valley wines along with other regions.

There are more than 2,300 beekeepers currently operate approximately 47,000 colonies as a hobby or as a full or part-time business venture.




Campbell's Gold Honey Farm

2595 Lefeuvre Road
Abbotsford, BC V4X 1L5


Campbell's Gold Honey Farm


Mike and Judy Campbell have been active in bee keeping since 1997, and are members in good standing of the B.C. Honey Producers Association, the Surrey Bee Keepers Association, and the South Fraser Valley Bee Keepers Association.







Festina Lente Estate Winery Ltd.

21113 16th Avenue
Langley BC, V2Z 1K3



Festina Lente Estate Winery Ltd.


Located in the beautiful countryside of Langley township ( horse country) near the USA boarder. The meadery is owned by Teresa Townsley and Bill Townsley. The words "Festina Lente" mean literally "Make Haste Slowly". This accurately reflects our philosophy of taking the time to accomplish things with diligence the first time and the pride that we take in simple things done well.  

They produce Mead, Melomel, Metheglin and other honey based wines. Honey produces are also available.

meadmaker: Bill Townsley
Philosophy: we make sophisticated premium honey wines, stewarding nature to produce the best products from bee to bottle.

As beekeepers and winemakers, it was a natural fit to explore the lost tradition of Mead or Honey Wines. Of course, over the years, tastes change and we have developed a drier and more sophisticated honey wine that can be appreciated for many years. Honey wine is the white wine that ages like a red, so white wine drinkers can now command room in the most refined cellars and enjoy the depth and breadth of ever changing flavours over time.





Golden Age Meadery

22091 Fraserwood Way,
Richmond, BC V6W 0A8,


Golden Age Meadery


The meadery adds herbs to its mead making process.

The owners main interests are history and ethnography. After earning a master's degree in architecture and working for several years, I went on a journey through the countries of Eurasia. On this journey was a historian who, every night, told ancient legends and lore. One of these stories was about mead, the honey based beverage that was venerated by every nation of antiquity. They believed it to be a gift from the Gods

 







Humble Bee Mead

1575 Vernon Drive
Vancouver


Humble Bee Mead

Jeff Gillham and Pierre Vacheresse met in 2009 while working in the restaurant industry.   A few years later Jeff started experimenting with old mead recipes trying to make them more in line with the craft beers and ciders he loved

Their meads are named The Bee's Knees and Champion of the Sun.

They are not open to the public.






Mason Manor

19736 98th Avenue
Langley, BC V1M 2X5

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A new meadery(2012) located in the Port Kells / Langley area owned by Steve Mason. The plan to open a large space where people can come and enjoy the medieval atmosphere, while drinking a favourable glass of Mead. Our end goal is to open a Tavern.

Signature meads are Apple Cinnamon, and Traditional

winemaker: Steve Mason
Philosophy:   Our philosophy is to educate people on one of the oldest alcoholic drinks in existence.







Meadow Vista Honey Wines

3975 June Springs Rd.
Kelowna, British Columbia
V1W 4E4



Meadow Vista Honey Wines


The meadery is located in Kelowna and is owned by Judie Barta. The tasting room is open year-round and there is an on-site Bee-stro open during the summer months..

Meadow Vista produces seven different honey wines, two sparkling and four still, all made from BC honey and local fruits. The wine shop also contains a variety of bee-inspired products including beeswax candles, honey and a wellness line.

The first honey wine producer to win Best Winery of The Year at Wine Fest Edmonton and Wine Fest Calgary and again in 2014 as Ostara was the first honey wine to win a Gold Medal at the BC Wine Awards.

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Middle Mountain Mead

3505 Euston Road
Hornby Island, BC V0R 1Z0




Middle Mountain Mead


In 1992 Cambell Graham and his wife Helen Grond moved from the city life of Vancouver to the country life on Hornby Island. Settling on 13 acres near the south end of the island. Their original plan did not call for them to produce mead but after studying the romantic history of mead they fell in love with the idea.

Already ardent gardners the property had over 3000 plants and in particular lavender all they needed was bees and a winery. They converted a cabin into a production facility producing traditional meads plus meads flavoured with herbs or fruits.




The Meadery at Planet Bee

5011 Bella Vista Road
Vernon, British Columbia
V1H 1A1



The Meadery at Planet Bee


Planet Bee Honey farm added meads to their product list in 2011. The meadery is owned by Ed and Taosha Nowek. Ed has been a bee keeper since 1969 , starting the farm in 1997. He joined with winemaker Martin Dournovo to produce their first Mead in  1998.  The farm has 250 hives.

Numerous honey and beewax products are sold in the  gift shop

Signature meads: HoneyMoon Mead Okanagan Delight         

              

Winemaker: Martin Dournovo    
Philosophy: We take pride in every bottle of mead we offer and will do our utmost to maximize your enjoyment of our Honeymoon Mead   

              

               



Pommier Ranch Meadery

3858 Wasa Sheep Creek Rd
Skookumchuck, BC



Pommier Ranch Meadery


Located in the East Kootenay Columbia valley. Caleb Miller and Rebecca Pommier purchased the Ranch in 2015. The Ranch waas run as a dairy farm since 1927 by Rebecca's family. Caleb is an avid bee keeper and Mead-Making perfectionist. In 2014 theystarted our apiary to produce mountain wildflower honey used in making their Mead.

The Pommier Ranch is a picturesque piece of property located where Diorite Creek meets the Lussier River in the East Kootenay Columbia region of BC.  It has been in the Pommier family since it was first homesteaded by Rebecca’s great grandparents, Emile and Marie Pommier in 1927.

The Cyser Mead is made with juice from the apple trees that Great Grandpa Emile Pommier planted almost 90 years ago. The water comes from our well, fed by the pristine Diorite Valley above the ranch.

They produce two styles of mead

Traditional Dry Mead:
This is our standard. It has 14.5 % ABV and a low residual sugar content. We use our Rocky Mountain wildflower honey, the pristine water from the Diorite valley above the ranch and yeast to craft this amazing beverage. All of our Mead has the natural flavor of the Rocky Mountains!

 Crabby Pommier Cyser:
This exceptional Mead is made almost the same way as our Traditional Dry. It has 15.5 % ABV and a low residual sugar content. The only difference is we substitute some of our Diorite Valley water with crab apple juice. The apples are picked from the trees right here on the ranch. Most of them were planted here almost 90 years ago by Great Grandpa Emile Pommier. The juice blended from all these different types of apples makes this beverage one of a kind.

Winemaker: Caleb Miller
Philosophy: We Produce small batches of high quality mead using 100% BC ingredients. Our mead will not be exactly the same year to year due to the variations in weather and availability of ingredients sourced from the ranch. We do not believe in additions of chemicals or flavoring agents to have a consistent product taste year to year. Nature is not the same year to year and our products will reflect this.






Tugwell Creek Honey Farm and Meadery

8750 West Coast Rd.
Sooke, BC V0S1N0



Tugwell Creek Honey Farm and Meadery


Located in the small community of Sooke on the south west side of Vancouver Island. Tugwell Creek Honey Farm and Meadery was licensed as British Columbia's first Meadery in 2003. Owned and operated by Bob Liptrot and Dana LeComte. The combination of Bob Liptrot's 43 years of beekeeping experience and over 25 years of mead making experience bring a unique and educational culinary experience to their meadery.. Their award winning Meads (honey wines) reflect harmony and balance by blending varietal honeys and berries from our local region.

The winery was named after the Tugwell Family which originally settled this land. There is a nearby creek named Tugwell Creek as well. The site was selected due to its beautiful location near the Ocean.
They were the first Meadery in Western Canada.

Tugwell Creek will becone the third Economusee in BC this summer.  That is like becoming the Museum of Beekeeping and Meadmaking.  Very Exciting!  Here is a link to check out what Economusee is all about.  http://www.economusee.com/en

Melomel, Metheglin, Vintage Mead, and Sack Mead are their signature wines. Sack Mead is like a late harvest wine on the sweetness scale. Also produced an Apple Quince Cyser called Original Sin , and an Acerglyn. As well as mead the farm offers a wide range of honey and bee related products

Winemaker: Robert Liptrot
Philosophy: To reintroduce the ancient beverage mead




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