Welcome to Meadery of the Rockies
As Colorado’s first and most beloved (or bee-loved!) meadery, Meadery of the Rockies makes an array of honey based wines, all starting with pure, raw Orange Blossom honey.
Mead, also referred to as honey wine, is produced through the fermentation of a mixture of honey and water. Considered by many as the first alcoholic beverage created, and often regarded as the ancestor of all fermented drinks (Maguelonne Toussaint-Smant), the origins of mead can be traced back throughout ancient history in Europe, Africa and Asia to approximately 7000 BC. It is not surprising that mead is at the root of the word honeymoon, as couples would traditionally drink mead for a month following their marriage in hopes of producing a baby boy! And, while its historical roots, variations and passage through time are strong, it is the mead of today that has earned stand-alone world-wide status alongside its grape wine counterparts.
At Meadery of the Rockies, our proprietary process of creating mead begins with 100% pure, raw orange blossom honey. Using local Rocky Mountain water, special yeast strains and the additional skill and technique necessary, the honey/water mixture is carefully fermented and fashioned into numerous, delightful meads that are hand-crafted and bottled at our winery in western Colorado.
Through the process of a closely monitored bio-chemical fermentation, we create wonderful, traditional meads with a typical alcohol content of approximately 12%. Our honey wine is a delicious and inviting beverage that is sure to become a personal favorite for years to come.
Upon the foundation of our traditional honey wine is built all of our meads. Our Fruit ‘n Honey wines are blends of mead and fruit wines such as blackberry, strawberry & peach. Our fortified dessert wines include our Satins and the Honey Shere’. These wines are sensuous and rich. . . perfect after-dinner libations.
The art of creating your perfect mead is our mission and our privilege. Our goal is to ensure that the wine you choose from Meadery of the Rockies, for yourself or as a gift to others, is consistent from bottle to bottle and year to year. We hand-craft our mead with the sole purpose of pleasing palates everywhere. We thank you for giving us the opportunity to serve you.
Visit Our Meads to learn more about the variety of meads we offer.
TripAdvisor names Palisade in Top 10 Best Wine Destinations in U.S. – Meadery of the Rockies picked as a DON’T MISS stop!
Vino & Notes – A Jazz, Food & Wine Festival (Woodland Park, CO) – August 2
Palisade Peach Festival (Palisade, CO) – August 14-17
Celebrating Palisade’s world-famous peaches! Stop by the Meadery and sip a delicious glass of our award-winning Peaches ‘n Honey wine.
Art & Ale Brew Festival (Parker, CO) – August 15
Bootstraps Western Winefest (Evergreen, CO) – August 16
Front Range Wine Festival (Windsor, CO) – August 23
Feast of Skulls (Fruita, CO) – August 23
Pictured: Palisade’s Honeybee Festival – with Deb-bee, Ellenzzz and Meadery’s own Poncho Beeya. Sometimes beez go bad! Photo: Tim Wedel.
Check back for more events where we’ll be pouring wines around Colorado. The Meadery is open daily 10am – 5pm year ’round in Palisade Colorado.
- Colorado Mountain Winefest – Best of Fest – Camelot – GOLD & Best of Mead Category, plus 2 SILVERS and 6 BRONZE.
- Denver International Wine Competition – won 12 medals including 4 GOLD!
- Governor’s Cup Colorado Wine Competition – won 6 SILVERS and 1 BRONZE!
- Houston Rodeo Uncorked! 2014 International Wine Competition: Meadery of the Rockies won in this major competition of 2,500 entries from across the U.S. and 16 countries: CLASS CHAMPION and GOLD: Strawberries ‘n Honey; RESERVE CLASS CHAMPION and SILVER: Peaches ‘n Honey. 3 SILVERS: Apricots ‘n Honey, Blackberries ‘n Honey, Guinevere. 4 BRONZE: Camelot, Chocolate Cherry Satin, Lancelot, Raspberry Chocolate Satin.
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:
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