Midgard Winery

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We are a family run and operated business. Founder Mike Potoczak started as a beekeeper nearly 40 years ago and has since turned his business into producing honey wines for the public. We started small and loved every part of making our all natural honey and then our natural wine. Winemaking begins with a batch of mead, or fermented honey. Because the honey makes it so sweet, the liquid is diluted with water. Our first wine was mixed with apple juice, made from all New York state apples. Mike, his son John (J.D.) and family friend Jonathan Hayward are all part of the daily operation. Midgard Winery also owes thanks and gives credit to their professional wine maker Dominic Carisetti from Orchard Park. Carisetti has 40 years’ experience in the business, having worked for several wineries on the Niagara Wine Trail and Taylor Winery. Every day is a journey and its always an exciting adventure working with our bees. A major part of Midgard’s operation is the harvesting of the bees, which is done in August and October. Potoczak sells all of it, except for what he needs for wine. Our honey is available in clover, wildflower and orange blossom. At the end of December, Our team trailer the bees to Florida, where they are positioned in an orange grove. The orange blossom honey is then extracted from the hives and the bees are brought back to New York the end of April or early May. "We hold ourselves to a very high standard and will not bottle unless it is up to par"- Mike Potoczak