"The Strange Scottish Winery"!
Trip Start Mar 22, 2008
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What I did
Cairn O' Mohr
Happened to see a leaflet about it earlier in the day, and I couldn't not go and check out somewhere that invites you with the phrase "Come see.....The Strange Scottish Winery and Ciderhouse" and is then filled with a hilarious set of information and an eccentric looking photo of the winery itself.
I wasn't disappointed! It's situated in a place called Errol, between Perth & Dundee, off the beaten track, and as soon as I drove up the driveway, I knew this was the sort of place that appeals to my humour
Trees cut into giant wooden heads, colourful signs with Scottish phrases and words like "Steep Steps. Look after the wee yins wudyee please" to name but one!
They also do tours on a Wednesday and Sunday, so again by chance, this is Sunday! At 2:15 Ailsa (I think that was her name) started the tour for the large group that had gathered, patiently waiting.
In so much detail, she described how this business had started out - from a brewing kit the owner received as a Christmas present 25 years ago! He started brewing his own wine using ingredients readily available on his farm, and then gradually over time, they obtained a licence and the business grew and grew to where it is today. It's still by far not a massive organisation - very much family run, and still only 7 members of staff who get involved in everything, from picking fruit, leaves etc, to making the wine, bottling it, selling it, attending trade shows and organising these tours on a Wednesday and Sunday for the public.
On the actual tour itself, you enter the wine making area via a giant wine bottle door (see photo's) - to add to the quirkiness, the door and door handle you see in that photo are fake - the whole thing slides to the side. And, there is a giant boiler / kettle inside, that when almost boiled, shows steam coming out of the top of the wine bottle door - so the staff can be off doing other things, and know when it's time to get back for the water at the perfect temperature - how cool!
Ailsa also explained the tradition that is breaking a glass bottle before the wine season begins, and how the family have taken it a step further by organising an annual "International Bottle Smashing Tournament" that takes place on the last weekend of May every year before the season kicks off. 2012 will see it in its 11th year and it looks like it's the sort of random event that's right up my street, so may just have to go and see that!
The tour was fab, and I can see why they have just won the "Farm & More Tour Host 2012" - very well deserved :-)
Anyway, I would highly recommend going to this place if you are in the neighbourhood, and make sure you view all the quirky photo's at full size - truly brilliant! Additionally, the website can be accessed here: Cairn O' Mohr