Honey Wine: What is Honey Wine?

What is Honey Wine?

Honey wine is commonly referred to as mead, which is an alcoholic beverage produced by fermenting honey. However, if a winemaker adds honey to a wine made from grapes, this mixture can also be termed "honey wine." It's important to note, though, that grape-based wines sweetened with honey are not considered mead.

Honey wine (mead) is one of the oldest alcohols ever created with origins as far back as 5,000 years in Asia and Africa. Mead was commonly found in ancient cultures across the world until the demand for alcohol became too high. Beer and grape based wines were easier to procure supplies for. The Vikings are most well known for drinking mead. Tej is another form of honey wine from Ethiopia.

What is honey wine (mead) good for?

Honey wine may offer many beneficial properties due to it's star ingredent... honey, of course! Honey is known to have several health benefits that should be present in the mead as long as the mead maker did not boil the honey during fermentation. It offers anti-oxidants, anti-inflammatory benefits, immuse support, and help with gastrointestinal issues. While the fermentation process might reduce their levels, mead still retains some of these beneficial nutrients.

Honey wine is also gluten free, naturally!

What does honey wine (mead) taste like?

When exploring the unique and ancient world of honey wine, one enters a realm of taste that combines the sweetness of honey with the complexity of wine. Mead's flavor profile is as diverse as it is delightful, offering a range of tastes from dry to sweet, mirroring the versatility of its main ingredient, honey. The flavor of mead is unique to mead, but if we were to compare to a wine, it's most comparable to a Moscato.

At its core, mead is fermented honey, but the final product can vary widely in taste, depending on the specific methods and ingredients used in its creation. Traditional meads, made purely from honey, water, and yeast, tend to have a prominent honey flavor, showcasing the rich and floral notes of the honey used. These traditional varieties often resemble white wine in their taste and appearance, offering a spectrum from dry to sweet based on the fermentation process and the amount of honey left unfermented in the final product.

Mead can also be sweet or dry, which will change the mouth feel, sweeter meads typically have more leftover honey giving it more "legs" or a thicker mouth feel.

We recommend trying some meads so you can see for yourself!

Where can you buy honey wine?

Since honey wine (mead) is considered a wine, you can buy mead online direct from a meadery or you can see if your local liquor store carries mead. Mead is typically sold in bottles and cans. You can buy mead online from many award-winning meaderies. If you're ready to try? Order Mead from Batch Mead, a small batch craft mead producer in Temecula, CA.

About Us


We started Batch Mead in 2019 to leave our Silicon Valley tech careers and pursue our real passion, MEAD!

We love locally sourced honey, apples and other ingredients. We focus on small batches to keep taps rotating and deliver delicious meads and hard ciders.

We believe mead is an experience, and our tasting room reflects all the notes of that ideal experience.

We recently won Best in Show from the San Diego International Beer Festival (2020, 2021 & 2022)! As well as several other wine, beer & mead awards!