Make your own country wines – with Heiko Vermeulen

This show was recorded at the end of August – the tail end of summer in Northern Ireland. Blackberries were ripening nicely and growing in a tangle of great profusion. After eating them fresh, or making blackberry and apple pies, the next thing to be done with such a profusion of blackberries is to make your own fruit wine.

I haven’t done a show on making fruit wine before and I feel very fortunate to have stumbled up Heiko Vermeulen who lives not too far down the road from where I am living at the moment. Heiko was born in the Netherlands, grew up in Germany and he’s now very happily living with his wife Susan on a 1 acre farmlet in a lovely rural part of the Ards Peninsula in Northern Ireland. One of Heiko’s many talents is that is he is an experienced wine maker. And what is even more interesting to me is that Heiko makes his wine influenced by his background in foraging and in permaculture.

In this show, recorded on the 24th August, I talked with Heiko Vermeulen about Making our own Fruit Wine.

To listen to this programme aboutMaking Your Own Fruit Wine please click on http://www.accessradio.org/Player.aspx?eid=5b9cc74e-52c6-4720-ada0-4743822f4065

To listen to other Eco Living in Action radio shows on the Otago Access Radio Website go to http://oar.org.nz/event/eco-living-in-action-2/

For more information –

This show was originally broadcast on the 8th September 2016 with the help of Otago Access Radio 105.4FM. Eco Living in Action is sponsored by Sustainable Dunedin City.

Herko Vermeulen with the grapes he is growing for wine-making.

Herko Vermeulen with the grapes he is growing for wine-making.

Grape varieties that are fungal resistant and able to grow in temperate climates - being grown near Portaferry in Co Down Northern Ireland

Grape varieties that are fungal resistant and able to grow in temperate climates – being grown near Portaferry in Co Down Northern Ireland

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

First tasting of the fresh wine. Tastes good at this stage!

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