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Oliver Camelot Mead

ID No: 10384
Country:United States
Region:Indiana
Winery:Oliver Winery
Grape Type:Fruit Blend
Vintage:NV
Bottle Size:750 ml
Product Description

Oliver Camelot Mead is made from orange blossom honey fermented to near dryness in stainless steel tanks. 
Clean and fresh with delightful floral and honey aromas and flavors. Delicately sweet, with a nice balance.
Will complement Asian or light chicken dishes, mild creamy cheeses or desserts.

We have been making Camelot Mead since 1972, and have learned all the tricks to make a rich flavorful classic mead.

Winery: Oliver Winery

The Oliver Estate
Oliver Winery started in the 1960's as a hobby in the basement of Indiana University law professor William Oliver. His enthusiasm for making wine led him to establish a vineyard north west of Bloomington. Soon the flourishing vines produced grapes far in excess of his needs as a hobby winemaker, and he began plans to open a commercial winery.

Professor Oliver was instrumental in passing legislation allowing for the creation of small wineries in Indiana . The Indiana Small Winery Act passed in 1971 and Oliver Winery opened to the public in 1972. Initially sales were modest, but grew quickly after we began making Camelot Mead, a light wine made from honey.

Professor Oliver's son, Bill, took charge of the winery in 1983. He focused on enhancing the visitor experience by increasing wine quality and variety, establishing our gardens, and providing great customer service. Sales grew steadily in the 80's reaching 25,000 cases by 1990.

In 1993 Kathleen Oliver joined the winery as General Manager. This allowed Bill to focus on winemaking and viticulture and Creekbend Vineyard was started in 1994. Retail sales continued to grow and allowed for the construction of a new tasting room in 1997. By 2000 sales had reached 60,000 cases.

While retail sales marked the greatest growth prior to 2000, the years after saw tremendous growth in wine sold through wholesale channels. Major facility expansions occurred in 2002 and 2007 making Oliver Winery one of the largest wineries in the eastern United States. In 2002, interstate expansion began as Kentucky became the first state outside of Indiana to offer Oliver wines. By 2008 we had distribution in 14 states. In 2008 total case sales exceeded 270,000 cases.

The Vineyard
They farm 35 acres of vineyard land called Creekbend Vineyard, located in Monroe County and sitting on a ridge top overlooking the Beanblossom Valley. The site, with moderately sloped, well-drained soil atop limestone bedrock, is part of the geographic region known as the Norman Uplands. The vineyards are a mix of vinifera (Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc, as well as small experimental plantings of Merlot, Pinot Noir and Pinot Grigio), Native American varieties and interspecific hybrids (Chardonel, Marechal Foch, Chambourcin and Traminette).

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Select Wine Competition Awards:
2011 GOLD Pacific Rim
2011 GOLD Critics Challenge
2011 SILVER Grand Harvest
2011 SILVER Florida State Fair International
2011 SILVER Winemakers Challenge International
2011 SILVER San Francisco Chronicle
2011 SILVER San Diego International
2011 SILVER Monterey
2011 SILVER Los Angeles International
2011 SILVER Tasters Guild
2011 SILVER Riverside
2011 BRONZE Finger Lakes International
2011 BRONZE Dallas Morning News

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