Man proposes honey of an idea
Winemaker plans meadery, more on Moneck
By FELICIA A. PETRO Allied News Senior Reporter
Alternative wines and eco-tourism are the goal of a Pittsburgh man who recently bought 30 acres in Springfield Township.
Scott Neeley talked to township planners on Monday about his dream to sell his mead wines – which he has been perfecting for six years – at his new property at 57 Moneck Lane. About two-thirds of the property is in Springfield and the remainder is in Liberty Township, he noted.
Neeley started Kingview Mead in the basement of his Pittsburgh home last May, which has required 20,000 gallons of honey to make his bottled wines this year, he said. They can be ordered by mail, found in 30-plus outlets in the greater Pittsburgh area or at festivals where Kingview sets up, Neeley said.
The mead’s honey has come from local bee keepers; Neeley also makes cider wine and traditional grape wine, he noted. Mead is the oldest known alcohol, with the oldest recipe dating back to 6,000 B.C., he said after the meeting. “It’s making a slow comeback,” he said. “It’s easy to make but hard to make good.”
Kingview Mead has won 17 professional awards since its inception, Neeley noted to planners. However, he wants to do more for his burgeoning operation and take it above ground.
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