Welcome to Meadery of the Rockies

IMG_2019As Colorado’s first and most bee-loved meadery, Meadery of the Rockies makes an array of honey-based wines, all starting with pure, raw honey. Mead, also referred to as honey wine, is produced by the fermentation of a mixture of honey and water.

Considered by many as the ancestor of all fermented drinks, the origins of honey wine can be traced back through ancient history in Europe, Africa and Asia to approximately 7000 BC. Honey wine is at the root of the word honeymoon, as couples drank mead for a month following their marriage in hopes of producing a baby boy.

While its historical roots and variations through time are strong, it is the honey wine of today that earns stand-alone worldwide status alongside grape wine counterparts.

At Meadery of the Rockies, our proprietary process of creating honey wine begins with Orange Blossom honey. Using local Rocky Mountain water, special yeast strains and the additional skill and technique, the honey/water mixture is carefully fermented and fashioned into a collection of honey wines that are hand-crafted and bottled at our winery in western Colorado.

Upon the foundation of our pure honey wine we build fruit honey wines, which are blends of our honey wines and fruit wines such as Raspberry, Strawberry, Peach, Blackberry and Apricot. Our fortified dessert wines such as Satins and Honey Shere’, are sensuous and rich…

The art of creating perfect honey wine is our mission and privilege. Our goal is to ensure that the wine you choose from Meadery of the Rockies, for yourself or as a gift, is consistent from bottle to bottle and year to year. Thank you for giving us the opportunity to serve you. Visit Our Meads to learn more about the honey wines we offer.


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Upcoming events »

3 Killer Honeybees

Palisade International Honeybee Festival: Deb-bee, Ellenzz and Poncho Beeya! Photo: Tim Wedel.

Check back for more events around Colorado where we’ll be pouring wines – stop by! Meadery of the Rockies is open daily in Palisade Colorado from 10 am to 5 pm.

2015 Awards »

Governor’s Cup: GOLD: Apricot Honey Wine

Denver International Wine Competition

  • GOLD medals for Guinevere, Cherries ‘n Honey, Blackberries ‘n Honey;
  • SILVER: Chocolate Cherry Satin
  • BRONZE: Raspberry Chocolate Satin

Houston Rodeo Uncorked! 2015 International Wine Competition Awarding the best wines from around the world; 2,578 entries – from across the U.S. and 16 countries. Meadery awarded 3 Golds and 2 Class Champions!

  • Strawberries ‘n Honey, Class Champion, Double-Gold
  • Raspberry Chocolate Satin, Reserve Class Champion, Gold
  • Apricots ‘n Honey, Gold
  • SILVER: Raspberries ‘n Honey, Blackberries ‘n Honey, Cherries ‘n Honey, Peaches ‘n Honey, Chocolate Cherry Satin, Camelot

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Raspberry_Honey_Wine_bottlesOur Great New Look!

As Colorado’s original meadery and a leading U.S. producer of quality meads since 1995, we are excited to give you a sneak peek at our new look. It’s a more contemporary look, with a smaller, friendlier bee. We’ve already bottled several of our products with the new design (read more).


Simply stated, mead differs from grape wine in that its alcohol content is derived from the sugar in honey rather than the sugar in grapes. And, while some mead is carbonated like beer, malted barley and hops are typically not used in the fermentation process. From dry to sweet, there is a variety of ancient and modern mead to choose from:

Traditional ~ Mead simply made by fermenting a mixture of honey and water with yeast.

Melomel ~ Mead blended with fruit, either dried, fresh, puree, juice, or fruit wine, our favorite method!

Pyment ~ Mead fermented or mixed with grape juice or wine.

Cyser ~ Mead fermented or mixed with apples or apple juice.

Metheglin ~ Mead infused with spices and/or herbs, i.e. cinnamon & cloves.

Braggot ~ Mead that may be fermented with malt and/or hops, typically having high alcohol and fairly high residual sugar.



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