23rd September 2022

Mél Y Castell - Llansteffan Castle Estate Honey

I had always fancied keeping bees. Something so fascinating about them, the fact that there is this strong hive mentality. Nothing is more important to the bees than the hive and protecting it. Having had a lesson with Gruffydd at Gwenyn Gruffydd I was instantly hooked.

As part of our television series on S4C, Teulu’r Castell (see clip below), viewers were able to share my initial journey into beekeeping and what has become a real love and passion project of mine. 

I enjoy the strange calm of caring for the bees. It has been quite a learning curve understanding how sensitive they are to weather conditions and the general environment. Watching them explore our gardens and fields going from one flower to the next leaving for the hive hanging with pollen is amazing. 

What some people don’t appreciate is that one bee produces only one twelfth of a teaspoon of honey in its lifetime! That’s a lot of bees contributing to every pot. About 425 bees to be exact.  So our limited stock of pure honey really is a team effort, lovingly and carefully produced. The flavour and colour a direct result of their intricate process (and love of coastal wildflowers!) We hope you enjoy eating it as much as we enjoy producing it.