6-13-17 We’re stepping out of our series featuring amazing home mead makers to take an evening with Bill Oliver, of Oliver Winery. Bill’s father Professor William Oliver started winemaking as a hobby back in the 1960’s, and Bill grew that hobby winery into a high quality winery. Oliver happens to make one of the older professional meads in the United States, Camelot Mead.
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 in 1972. Sales took off with Camelot Mead, and they’ve been growing ever since.
Oliver Winery isn’t just some stodgy old winery, they make mead, cider, and a number of fun wines.They sell their fruit forward wines, ciders and Camelot mead in 18 states. They have recently reformulated Camelot for a new generation, and wanted to come on the show and tell us about it. We’re looking forward to seeing what they have to say, and to learning more about how Professor Oliver found out about mead, and what made him decide to make it, and what he’s learned in over 40 years of mead making.
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