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It’s the moment many of you have been waiting for: our ever-popular Birch wine is back in stock.
An English tradition dating back thousands of years, birch sap collection happens in early spring before any green leaves have appeared, as in late spring the sap turns bitter. Last year we sold out in record time – by July – because the short harvest season for the birch sap needed to make our Birch wine means the number of bottles we can produce is limited.
Tapping the sap is done by drilling a hole into the trunk of the birch tree just below the bark where the sap is rising and encouraging it into a container via a tube or simply a thin twig. After a couple of days you should have a container full, and tapping the tree in this way does not harm it.
When fresh, birch sap is a clear and uncoloured liquid, very similar to water, often slightly sweet with a silky texture. After two to three days, the sap starts fermenting and the taste becomes more acidic. Birch sap can be consumed fresh and naturally fermented but, as you’d expect from us here at the Winery, we turn it into a light, dry and delicate wine. We think it’s great served chilled as an aperitif or with seafood dishes or crisp summer salads.
If you’d like to place an order then we’d love to see you here at the Winery shop so do pop in if you are passing. Alternatively, you can always get in touch with our friendly team here at the Winery via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling us on 01297 551355 if you’d like to order by phone.