Melomels are meads made with a combination of honey and fruit. This category is one of the most popular among mead producers as it provides countless varieties and combinations. Melomels can be made with one type of fruit or a mix of many. The fruit can be added to the mead in the form of juice, concentrate, or whole fruits, or any form that producers deem most appropriate. Some fruits are added with the honey and they are fermented together, or sometimes the fruit is added after fermentation has finished*. These meads can be bone dry to dessert sweet, and either sparkling or still. This category is so broad that it has plenty of subcategories within it to make it easier to define the fruit source. We’ll discuss two of the most popular below in more detail.
*This aspect is a bit more complicated as some countries define melomels as mead where fruits have to be fermented together with honey, not just by adding fresh juice to already fermented honey. In our classification methodology we call melomel any mead with fruit, regardless at what stage it was added.