Just a little farm, in a little town, with a lot of good drinks.
We're The Meading Room- a team of three that came together when we realized that Sonoita, full of wineries, breweries, and distilleries, was missing one thing (well actually three): mead, cider & fruit wine. Barbara & her daughter Kylie bought the property in 2015, and slowly began the transformation from grasslands to farm. Although the farm is and always will be a work in progress, we are now caring for tons of lavender, sunflower, prickly pear, apple, pear & peach trees, hackberry, magnolia, and plenty of native thistle- one of our absolute favorite and most misunderstood pollinators!
Which brings us to one of the most important ingredients at The Meading Room- honey.
Mead is one of the oldest alcoholic beverages around, and one of the tastiest! By fermenting honey with yeast, you can create some of the most delicate and complex flavors around. Lucky for you, we have searched far and wide for some of our favorite honey, and along with our master mead maker, Michael Fry... we're bringing this ancient libation to southern Arizona.
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updates, upcoming events, and for gorgeous pics of the incredible area we are lucky
enough to work, farm, brew, and live in.
MEET THE TEAM
Born and raised in New Jersey, Barbara made her way out west to get her Masters in Electrical Engineering from the University of Southern California. Even during her 30 year career as a systems engineer, she was
always searching for a more creative
endeavor. Between remodeling homes, building furniture, raising three kids, running
a landscaping business, some serious
gardening, and eventually winemaking (might we mention all while she was still working full time)... she finally found her niche as our jack of all trades at The Meading Room. Barbara is one of the hardest workers we know... it's even been rumored that she once mowed the entire ten acre farm with only a weed whip!
Michael is our Head Mead and Cider maker and has been homebrewing for over 10 years- originally starting with beer, it was a quick transition to mead and cider. Michael is active in both the Buffalo and Tucson Homebrew Clubs and has taken home over 30 plus awards nationally and internationally, including winning at the International Mazer Mead Competition- the Super Bowl for Mead Making! He’s a graduate from the University of California Davis Advance Mead Makers course, and a Certified Beer and Mead judge. We can’t wait to bring his passion for mead and cider to southern Arizona!
Kylie got her start in the wine business with none other than our very own neighbors, Arizona Hops & Vines. Between event planning, marketing, graphic design, and the tasting room... all while attending school full-time and raising a daughter... she eventually branched out and along with her mom, Barbara, came up with the idea for The Meading Room. After graduating from the University of Arizona with a BFA in Photography, she moved back to the town she grew up in - Sonoita. You'll find Kylie either in the tasting room, outside taking photographs and making art, or more likely, up to some crazy shenanigans with her daughter, Zannah and their two dogs.
Our youngest team member, Zannah, has been in the wine business her whole life. Zannah was raised at Arizona Hops & Vines learning to organize bottles, woo customers, and be the most savvy networker we know! When her mom, Kylie, began working at Hops & Vines in 2013, the back room was transformed into a nursery and Zannah became the official mascot. Now she has a new mascot gig, and as our future business partner you'll find her designing upcoming wine labels, playing Barbies, or outside working right alongside her mom and grandma. She even helped to plant our first lavender field, all 400 of them! Zannah aspires to be an artist, and if you ask will tell you all you ever thought you knew, and probably didn't know, about her favorite artist, Frida Kahlo. She loves listening to David Bowie and The Cranberries and plans on curating her own playlist for her playhouse turned kids market that she's currently building right here at The Meading Room farm.