Wellington Apiary produces pure Tasmanian honey that is raw, unheated and coarse filtered with hives in Hobart city and across Tasmania.
Wellington Apiary began in 2009 in an established garden in the centre of Hobart by Antonia and Robin O’Brien. Starting as a few hives tucked away in their city garden, Wellington Apiary has grown into a business producing honey from hives in the Hobart city centre to hives across Tasmania.
Wellington Apiary was started on the principles of producing honey that reflects the flora of Hobart and surrounding vegetation. This philosophy has continued with all varieties of their honey production. Wellington Apiary honey is not heated at any stage of extraction or bottling, ensuring all the natural goodness remains. This honey is coarse filtered, allowing all the pollen, flavours and aromas to be retained – resulting in pure raw Tasmanian Honey, just as the bees made it.
Wellington Apiary bees are housed in wooden wax dipped hives, meaning the bees are kept in optimum health, free from any chemicals or paints. We ensure our bees are allowed ample stores of their honey over winter on which to feed so they enter into spring - strong, healthy and able to produce pure Tasmanian Honey.
Robin and Antonia also work closely with selected beekeepers from around Tasmania who share the same beekeeping principals. This allows Wellington Apiary to support the beekeeping industry as well as sourcing rare and unusual varieties of honey and honeycomb from around the state.
Wellington Apiary honey currently produces various honey and honeycomb varieties, their availability dependent on the season and weather.
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- HOBART WILDFLOWER: Unlike other honey flavours, this is an early yielding honey, collected by the bees during spring. Hobart Wildflower honey is dark, thick and glossy in appearance, with delicate floral flavours and slight citrus aromas. Hobart Wildflower is set with a fine crystal and remains semi-soft once bottled.
- LEATHERWOOD: This honey has a unique flavour, incomparable to any other, filling the mouth with earthy and spicy flavours. It is set with a fine crystal and remains semi-soft once bottled. Leatherwood honey is so distinctive it has been included in the International Ark of Taste (an international society that recognises rare, endangered and culturally significant foods).
- PRICKLY BOX: Wellington Apiary bees have only four weeks to collect this precious nectar. Prickly Box honey is bright yellow and flows freely from the combs. The overwhelming flavour and aroma of this honey is of almonds and is only semi-sweet. Prickly Box honey once bottled sets firm with a fine crystal.
- MEANDER VALLEY CLOVER: Sourced from the green fertile pastures of the meander Valley in northern Tasmania, this clover honey (Trifolium spp) is a traditional honey and has been a popular honey variety for many decades. Tasting notes: The honey produced is light in colour with mild citrus and vanilla flavours, setting with a soft consistency. A more traditional honey, is perfect straight from the jar with a spoon, drizzled over hot porridge or smothered over a toasted crumpet.
- ACTIVE MANUKA: Our Manuka honey (Leptospermum Scoparium) comes from the World Heritage reserve in Tasmania’s western half. In the valleys and plains of the western forests, button grass and Manuka are the dominant species. The hives are moved in early December to the remote and beautiful western forests, and if the weather is kind and warm, Manuka will flower giving our bees their first honey crop of the season. Our Manuka honey is made from bees gathering nectar in a World Heritage Area deep in some of the oldest living forests on earth that is pristine, and many kilometres away from civilisation. There are few places on earth like these ancient forests where our bees drink the cleanest water, breath the freshest air and gather nectar from Manuka trees to produce pure, raw, unheated, organic honey. Manuka honey has received more attention in recent years due to research revealing that raw, unheated and untreated Manuka honey has antibacterial and antifungal properties. Our Manuka honey has been tested by the University of Technology, Sydney, and shown to have: (1) An MGO rating of minimum 75ppm which, according to the researchers, is above average, and (2) An HMF honey freshness and excessive heating rating of the lowest possible score being 1ppm, because our honey is not heated at all and is fresh from hive to the jar. Tasting notes: the honey produced is deep in colour, jelly like in texture with a rich caramel flavour and savoury aftertaste. Manuka honey has unique antibacterial and antifungal medicinal qualities. This honey is not only beneficial to your health, like all raw honey, but it’s delicious eaten any which way!
- PICCOLOS: Our 50g jars are available in Meander Valley Clover, Leatherwood and Wildflower. They are perfect for accommodation providers, hampers, small samplers and gifts. Each jar is bursting with pure, raw, unheated, untreated Tasmanian honey.
- WILDFLOWER HONEYCOMB: From apiaries across Tasmania, Wildflower honeycomb is cut straight from the hive, it is not treated or heated or modified in any way. The wax can be eaten and honeycomb is a perfect pairing with cheese.
- LEATHERWOOD HONEYCOMB: Our Leatherwood honeycomb is from our apiaries on Tasmania’s west coast, deep in the pristine ancient forests. Cut straight from the hive, it is pure beeswax, unheated and untreated, just as the bees made it.