Hautes-Pyrénées, France
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About La Ruche Ivre - Ballot-Flurin Apiculteurs

La Ruche Ivre is a project of Ballot-Flurin Apiculteurs, a pioneer in low-impact and conscious beekeeping. It began as a collaboration between beekeeper Remi Ballot from South West France, and Canadian fermentation specialist Andrew Tape. After meeting at a local village fête, they decided to try their hand at making meads from raw and pre-fermented honeys. Finding that their experiments (thankfully) tasted nothing like the meads traditionally found in France, the boys launched themselves into creating and defining methods for mead-specific biodynamic and natural fermentation, in pursuit of the unique and flavors hidden in honey. Several years on, they have developed a selection of natural, sparkling meads, made from the purest French honeys, that truly showcase the vast and unknown universe of this ancient drink.

Certifications

  • Certified Paleo by Paleo Foundation (27/03/2018)
  • Certified Organic by Bureau Veritas (17/10/2018, CER-OPT11973-C161357)

Contact Details

+33562964957

75 Place Lagardère
Maubourguet, 65700
France

Technical Information

This grower-maker farms some of their grapes themselves and buys-in others.

Information on grapes they farm
  • Size of their farm: It's actually an apiary; not located at one site, but around 700 hives (not all dedicated to mead however!!!!) (ha)
  • Size of farm under vine: All of our apiary space is dedicated to the bees and their needs (ha)
  • All grapes are dry-farmed. None of this grower’s vineyards are irrigated.
  • All grapes are harvested manually.
  • Average production of wine: 3000 bottles/year (btl)
Information on grapes they buy in
  • All grapes are farmed organically and/or biodynamically.
  • All grapes are dry-farmed. None of this grower’s vineyards are irrigated.
  • All grapes are harvested manually.
  • Average production of wine: 3000 bottles/year (btl)