About Lindisfarne Ltd.
Lindisfarne Mead is a unique alcoholic fortified wine manufactured here on the
Holy Island of Lindisfarne. The honey is vatted with fermented grape juice, honey, and in our Spiced Mead, mixed spices along with locally drawn water, and fortified with fine spirits to produce
this unique drink.
Lindisfarne Mead is produced exclusively on the Holy Island of Lindisfarne,
which is a tidal island one mile off the coast of Northumberland, England's most northern County. Both have experienced the most dramatic events and phases of change that have shaped modern day Britain and the culture of the United Kingdom.
The Romans under Julius Caesar invaded our lands 55 years before Christ was born bringing with them their culture and cuisine. The world famous Hadrian's Wall, a day's march to the south of Lindisfarne completed in AD122 and their Antonine Wall to the north (circa AD142) were to be the Roman Empire's outer boundaries for 300 years.
Mead was the drink of kings and indeed queens; Elizabeth I of England even had her own recipe (c1600). One of our most famous Monarchs, Oswald, king of Northumbria brought St. Aidan from the Island of Iona in AD634 to establish a monastery on Lindisfarne under his patronage. It was from here that Christianity was to grow throughout England.
The motifs illuminating our labels are drawn from Bishop Eadfrith's
magnificient Lindisfarne Gospels written circa 700 AD., which, with the Books
of Durrow and Kells, remain a living testimony to the devotion and love of
beauty and culture which existed in those distant times.
Mr J Michael Hackett, Founder and Managing Director of the original company formed in 1962
Situated in the centre of the village, just off the village green. The Winery
Showroom which has been open to the public since 1968 attracts over 200,000
visitors per annum from all over the world.
The Priory is now in ruins yet much of the original beautiful Norman arches and
pillars are preserved, and the Brew House, which was used by the monks can
still be seen.
The Island is often called the "Cradle of Christianity" in England.
Sammy the Seal relaxing on the Holy Island Causeway.
You can also view more information about the history of the island and information about visiting the island where you can get first hand experience of the winery and Lindisfarne.