The Honeysuckle Meadery merges the fruits from our berry and herb crops, and cuttings and spices from the Honeysuckle Farm and Garden “Keith Collection” with the right mix of honey and love to create Honeysuckle Mead. We have several varieties of mead available, which you can explore and purchase on our PRODUCTS page.
8871 Pickards Meadow Rd, Chapel Hill, NC 27516
Virginia Holmes grew up in Scotland and obtained a double Masters’ Degree in Archaeology and History of Art from the University of Glasgow. After relocating to California, she had a mural painting business for five years before training as a Certified Clinical Hypnotherapist and starting a practice. She moved to North Carolina and continued with her hypnotherapy.
Along with her interest in psychology and the mind, she is a keen herbalist. She combines her love of the outdoors and desire for health and healing by making medicinal tinctures, soaps and body products. It was a natural progression, with the guidance of friend and business partner Darwin, to begin making mead. Learning the art of mead making provides a tangible connection to those ancient and past cultures that have always intrigued Virginia. It is the perfect platform with which to create and make magical elixirs using the bountiful herbs and fruits from The Honeysuckle Farm.
In 2005 Darwin Adolph started home brewing beer and wine with the desire for cleaner, healthier drinkables. After several years of experimenting, he began to develop a fondness for mead and fell into research. Darwin discovered the “BOMM” process and has specialized in a Metheglin style of mead (Welch word for "healing drink") ever since. Using herbs and spices, both Darwin and friend and business partner Virginia Holmes have cultivated a strong interest in herbology that is encouraged by the availability of herbs and fruits in Honeysuckle’s farm and gardens. Darwin looks forward to bringing a whole new aspect to the mead selection at Honeysuckle Meadery.
The co-founder of the Honeysuckle Tea House, Tim Toben, enjoyed brewing blueberry and elderberry mead with friends for years. Through a series of formula iterations and ownership changes, the Honeysuckle interest in honey and mead evolved into the Honeysuckle Meadery in 2017. At the same time, we forged a relationship with Bee Downtown, to host their “home hives” on our farms.
The Honeysuckle Meadery is located in “Shipping containers 1 and 4” below the Honeysuckle Tea House at the Honeysuckle Farm and Gardens, and is lead by mead makers Virginia Holmes and Darwin Adolf. Virginia and Darwin have added many new varieties of mead to our offerings at the Honeysuckle Meadery. With many more on the way, we look forward to exciting new flavors, made with the fruits and herbs from our farm.
The nonprofit Unique Places to Save is our community-driven muse for the Honeysuckle Meadery. It coordinates access to the Honeysuckle Farm and Gardens when we are not open to the public; coordinates our community education programs; and spearheads projects at the farm and across the State to further conservation, recreational access to land, and historic preservation.
Please consider becoming a member of The Honeysuckle. Membership comes with great benefits, including early access to our rare mead releases, discounts on tickets to our festivals, and after-hours, year-round access to our farm.