The Early Days
Re-wind to 2015, starting out whilst Suzie was completing a PhD in molecular nutrition an an idea was born out of a passion for bees, Champagne, and honey.
Luke kept bees as a hobby, as he did do since around the age of 10 and Suzie quickly got the beekeeping bug when they met back in 2011.
Combining Suzie’s science background and their joint love of bees, champagne and honey, an idea was formed and many trials followed to see if you could make the bee equivalent of Champagne!
The Bees | Honey and Sparkling Mead
Producing honey was always the cornerstone of what Northumberland Honey Co did, but as demand for Sparkling Mead increased, the honey produced has been increasingly diverted towards Sparkling Mead.
This enabled increase in the number of colonies kept, and since 2018 colony numbers have increased from around 40 colonies to a present day number in excess of 200. With a focus on breeding sustainable bees that survive better!
We are all about safeguarding the future of the honey bee, increasing their sustainability and number. The great support received for our bees, pure natural honey and range beeswax candles and of course Sparkling Mead has meant that we have been able to signficantly increase bee numbers at a rate of around 3,000 bees for every bottle of Sparkling Mead consumed!
Something worth shouting about!
Research and Development
To get to where Northumberland Honey Co is today has taken plenty of research, plenty of product development. Starting out in the early days Suzie and Luke spent time in Champagne learning the méthode tradionelle but also travelled to the USA, where mead is very popular and meaderies a plenty, to learn about making mead on a commercial scale.
Fast forward to 2020 and into 2021 a very difficult year with many shows and events cancelled due to Covid-19. But the bees still pushed on and had to be cared for. We have also seen the addition of extra helpers and now are a team of four!
2020 saw the addition of the 37.5cl Wildflower Sparkling Mead and we now await the greatly anticipated release of our first 5 year aged vintage which we expect to release in 2021.
A truely special bottle of Sparkling Mead that will be a celebration in it’s own right and limited to only 50 bottles.