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Kinsale Wild Red Mead – smooth with Irish Blackcurrants & Cherries


Kinsale Wild Red Mead (12% ABV) is a gorgeous melomel mead fermented off-dry with Irish blackcurrants, dark cherries and pure honey. An amazingly enticing drink with a beautiful, rich colour. It is delicious served at room temperature on its own or with food.

As enjoyed by TV chef, John Torode’s on his Ireland tour programme on the Food Network. Wexford blackcurrants are beautifully balanced with the dark cherries, tempered over the hint of honey and matured to a silky smooth finish. Serve with roast duck, sticky barbecue ribs or sausages and rich, tomato-y Italian dishes. Lovely with cheeseboards or good quality chocolate. A popular choice with wine drinkers who prefer a smoother style. Fantastic in a mulled mead for winter days.

Melomel Fruit Meads were Ireland’s medieval red wines made from native wild berries and raw honey and now created anew at Kinsale Mead Co’s meadery in West Cork.

Naturally Gluten Free. Low in sulfites. 70cl bottle.

Customer Reviews

I ordered the Wild Red Mead as a gift for my partner who had to taste it straight away, and we both love it (Kate F.)

Not only a beautiful beverage but also top notch customer service. Big thanks to Kinsale Mead Co for providing me with this little bottle of joy! (Malwina T.)

More on the honey wine than on the mead side with sweet cherries, currants on the nose. Palate of chokeberry/blueberries with a delicate honey finish (Banurx)

This stuff is so delish. We went to the meadery and did a tour when we moved to Kinsale two Christmas’s ago and had it mulled. Omg. (Sandy S.)

This fantastic Wild Red Mead is made using cherries and Wexford blackcurrants perfectly to create a truly special fruity and zesty mead, absolutely perfect for any mixologist collection (Simon King, Twelve Hotel)

Nice acidity on this one, cleans the palate and wants you to drink more (Giovanni, Italy)

It’s absolutely phenomenal stuff; my girlfriend bought me a bottle of it while she was in Kinsale couple of weeks ago and I’ve just noticed you provide it to my local off-licence 👌🏻 It won’t be my last bottle (Paul, Ireland)


Store the bottles similar to wine, upright in a cool place away from direct sunlight and they should keep for at least two years.

Once opened, store the bottles upright in the fridge. If you have one of those vacuum pump wine bottle closures that pump out the oxygen, all the better. After that the flavour starts to change a little as the air gets to it. Good to drink still or use in cocktails or cooking.

Wild Red Mead is fine for 2 weeks as there are more natural preservatives from the fruit skins. Then they become more port-like.

Mead Food Pairing

Our go-to dish for Wild Red Mead is sticky barbecue ribs. Put a dash in the marinade and drizzle with honey! Great with Italian dishes with a rich tomato sauce or with medieval feast dishes such as roast duck or venison, sausages and black pudding. Lovely with strong cheeses or good quality chocolates. We love it with Chocolate brownies too.


The judges really like the Wild Red Mead and it has been awarded Gold at the Blas na hEireann – Irish Food Awards, Gold at the Free From Food Awards and Silver at European Mead Madness Cup. And just this year, Gold at the International Mazer Cup, the World Cup of Mead.


Flat Rate Delivery charge to anywhere in Ireland is €6.95, Special Low Rate €5 for autumn, and to the UK including Northern Ireland is £5.95 Special Low Rate £5 . FREE Shipping for orders over €80/£75 or 4 bottles. We are trialing a UPS Guaranteed Next Working Day Delivery. Full Details page here

All UK orders are shipped from our warehouse in the UK.


Il s’agit d’un miel de forêt espagnol, de cassis Irlandaises et de cerises noires douces pour créer une boisson étonnamment attrayante avec une belle couleur, une saveur fruitée et zestée, tempérée par un soupçon de miel.

Terminé et mûri à 12% ABV et demi-sec. Wild Red Mead s’inspire de la célèbre pirate à tête rouge de Kinsale, Anne Bonny, née près de la haute falaise de l’ancien chef de Kinsale.

Gagnant de la médaille d’or aux Blas na hEireann Awards.


Ein erfrischender Melomel oder Fruchtmet, der aus spanischen Waldhonig, schwarzen Johannisbeeren aus Wexford und süßen dunklen Kirschen hergestellt wird. Ein unglaublich verführerisches Getränk mit wunderschöner Farbe und einem pikant fruchtigen Geschmack, der durch einem Hauch von Honig untermalt wird. Gereift, vollendet und trocken mit 12% Vol. Alk. Wild Red Mead wurde durch Kinsales berühmte rotschöpfige Piratin Anne Bonny inspiriert, die auf den hohen Klippen nahe dem Old Head of Kinsale geboren wurde.

Goldmedaillengewinner bei den Blas na hEireann Awards.


Este es un refrescante mead de estilo melomel hecho de miel de bosque del norte de España, grosellas negras irlandesas y cerezas dulces oscuras para crear una bebida increíblemente atractiva con un color hermoso, un sabor afrutado con sabor, templado con un toque de miel. Acabado y madurado al 12% ABV y seco. Wild Red Mead se inspiró en la famosa pirata pelirroja Anne Bonny de Kinsale, quien nació cerca de los altos acantilados del Old Head de Kinsale.

Ganador de la medalla de oro en los premios Blas na hEireann 2018.


Dit is mooie mix van Spaanse boshoning, Ierse cassis en zoete zwarte kersen om een ​​verrassend aantrekkelijke drank te creëren met een prachtige kleur, een fruitige en pittige smaak, getemperd door een vleugje honing. Afgewerkt en gerijpt op 12% ABV en lichtzoet, Iichte honingsmaak en zachte afdronk. Wild Red Mead is geïnspireerd op de beroemde roodharige piraat van Kinsale, Anne Bonny, geboren in de buurt van de hoge klif van het voormalige hoofd van Kinsale.

Winnaar van de gouden medaille bij de Blas na hEireann Awards.


Si tratta di un rinfrescante melomel di idromele, fatto di miele di bosco del nord della Spagna, ribes nero irlandese e dolci ciliegie scure per creare una bevanda incredibilmente allettante, con un bel colore, un sapore fruttato e piccante, e una fragranza di miele. Fermentato e invecchiato fino al raggiungimento dei 12% di ABV (Alcohol By Volume). Wild Red Mead è stato ispirato dalla famosa piratessa di Kinsale dalla chioma rossa, Anne Bonny, nata vicino alle alte scogliere dell’Old Head di Kinsale.

Vincitore della medaglia d’oro al Blas na hEireann Awards nel 2018.

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