In the days where businesses struggle to survive 1 year, it’s not easy to find one that has reached 30! Still family owned and still growing and evolving, Cairn o’ Mohr Winery has been brewing up their fruity wines since 1987 (even before I was born!), and to celebrate this remarkable achievement, they decided to change their look… just a bit!
Still the same berry-loaded, juicy, fruity wines, but with a new freshly looking, modernised label. To unveil the new look, Cairn o’ Mohr teamed up with acclaimed restaurant NORN in Edinburgh to host a special tasting event.
Chefs had prepared an innovative 7-course canape menu – paired with a range of Cairn O’Mohr wines.
Gooseberry & Elderflower Wine: Scallop tartare, celeriac & white chocolate
Elderberry Wine: Pheasant ham, rye & elderberry jam
Raspberry Wine: served with hot smoked trout, beetroot & pickled raspberry
Spring Oak Leaf Wine: Chicken, radicchio & egg
Bramble Wine: served with pork jowl, salted plum, crackling and bittercress
Autumn Oak Life Wine: mushroom, smoked cheese & sorrel
Strawberry Wine: Seabuckthorn, oats and pine
We also had the opportunity to meet the owners, Ron and Judith Gillies, and listen to their story and passion for making wines.
They both believe in sourcing the best local ingredients, and certainly Perthshire is the best place to look for them! The area is flush with wild ingredients and the best fruit farms in Scotland. Perthshire raspberries and strawberries are well known for their freshness and quality. They also have their own planation of elderberries, so you cannot be more sure about their commitment in using only local berries.
“30ish years ago Judith was a doctor, I made garden sheds, we gave it up to make this wine for you. Still making fruity wines, hands on from start to finish and pumping it out to you guys with a fresh new label. I hope you like it” – says Ron
30 years ago they started the winery with ” a bottle, a book and a stick” and they were the first to make fruit wines in the region.
Everything is made using traditional ways of fermentation, followed by at least a year of maturation. That’s why Cairn o Mhor wines develop that smooth fruity flavour.
The core range of wines: Strawberry, Raspberry, Bramble, Elderberry and Oak Leaf, then added the Sparkling Oak
They do also limited edtion blends such as; Clever Currant, Cheery Currant, and Shrubbery.
Seasonal urges drove them to produce a Raspberry/Strawberry blend, the Berry Up, for the Summer, and in the winter the Mulled Elderberry and Berry Christmas.
You can also purchase from their website a range of traditional Scottish ciders.
I would like to thank the Lux team for inviting us and chef Scott Smith and his talented team at Norn Restaurant for hosting the event and preparing delicious canapes.
I would lalso like to wish Ron and Judith another 30 years of brewing award winning country wines!