Sticky sweet stuff
HoneyRun Winery doesn’t bottle typical vino
By Howard Hardee
Amy Hasle often has to explain the difference between her business, HoneyRun Winery, and the Honey Run Covered Bridge, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
Some confusion is understandable, she says. Hasle and her husband, John, live about a mile from the iconic bridge in Butte Creek Canyon, and it’s depicted on most of their product labels. “People assume that we make our wine there, or that’s where the berries are, or that’s where we get our honey,” she said. “It’d be pretty funny if the bridge was full of bee hives, but it’s not.”
The meadery, as it’s called, was formerly located on Honey Run Road, but now it’s on Park Avenue in south Chico. All the varieties of HoneyRun’s honeywine—cherry, elderberry, blackberry and cranberry, along with a dry honeymead made without fruit—are produced, packaged and shipped from that location. During the CN&R’s recent visit, Hasle said she shares ownership of the business with John, but wears “80 percent of the hats around here.”
The couple met in 1989, during a “somewhat raging party” at John’s house in Chico, and discovered a shared interest in natural foods. John had been selling local honey since 1982 and made wine as a hobby. Together, they started making honeywine and launched the official business in 1992.
Honeywine isn’t made from grapes—the main ingredients are honey and fruit juice—which, Hasle says, sets HoneyRun apart from the pack.
“I’m kind of happy not making another grape wine, partly because so many people are doing such a great job of that,” Hasle said. “It’s a unique product, and we’re even more strange because we don’t use any preservatives or sulfites.”
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