Artesano makes mead – wine made from honey! Mark Simakaski and Nichole Wolfgang started making mead while teaching bee keeping in the Peace Corps in Paraguay. After their service ended, they found Vermont, and started Artesano in Groton, VT. The couple makes 10 different flavors of mead depending on the availability of local berries – ranging from Blueberry Mead to Raspberry Mead to Chili & Cinnamon Mead. In many cultures, mead was believed to enhance virility and fertility, while also contributing supposed aphrodisiac qualities. As a result, mead quickly found its way into wedding ceremonies. In fact, the term “honeymoon” is believed to have stemmed from the tradition of newlyweds drinking honey wine every day for one full moon after their wedding. Their shop in Groton is worth a visit – Artesano also makes exquisite homemade ice cream that can only be found in their adjoining scoop shop.