Just a little farm, in a little town, with a lot of good drinks.
Down in the grasslands of southern Arizona lies a little farm & fermentery. With rolling hills, fruit trees, lavender fields, mountain views, and stunning desert skies - The Meading Room in Sonoita is a special place in the heart of Arizona wine country. A multi-generational project born out of a love of growing and making things, The Meading Room was founded in 2019 by mother & daughter duo, Barbara & Kylie, and joined by the first granddaughter of the family, Zannah. With raw honey sourced from small, organic apiaries, fresh fruit, herbs, spices, and wild foraged ingredients- every mead, cider, & wine crafted by Barbara & Kylie at the meadery highlights the flavors & smells of the natural world in a way that is so uniquely their own.
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 we're able to bring this
ancient libation (with a modern twist) to southern Arizona wine country. Every single one of our products are made in house by Barbara & Kylie (our dynamic drink duo) and you can bet your bottom that it will always be made with farm fresh ingredients.
Looking for vegan-friendly, no-honey options? We've got those too! Check out our list of ciders & fruit wine and look for the "vegan" tag: The Drink List
Don't forget to follow us on Instagram and Facebook @themeadingroomaz for all the newest updates, upcoming events, and for gorgeous pics of the incredible area we are lucky enough to work, farm, brew, and live in.
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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 and fermenting queen 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!
Kylie grew up in the Sonoita area, and after moving around the U.S.
for years, returned to her hometown to work in the wine biz 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 stepped out on her own and teamed up with her mom, Barbara, to come up with the idea for The Meading Room. You'll either find Kylie in the tasting room, in the back room makin' mead with Mom, 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, wrangling chickens, or outside working right alongside her mom and grandma. She even helped to plant our first lavender field, all 400 of them!