Gerard'z Honey Bees

Santa Cruz

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In a Nutshell

Two-hour workshop with tasting of local wildflower & monofloral honeys demystifies beekeeping, supplemented by sips of Poetic Cellars' wines

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Promotional value expires Nov 22, 2012. Amount paid never expires. Limit 2 per person, may buy 2 additional as gifts. Limit 1 per visit. Valid only for option purchased. Must use promotional value in 1 visit. Must sign waiver. Must be 7 or older, under 18 must be accompanied by a guardian. Must be 21 or older to consume alcoholic beverages. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.

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Choose from Three Options

  • $39 for a beekeeping workshop with honey and wine tasting for one (a $90 value)
  • $75 for a beekeeping workshop with honey and wine tasting for two (a $180 value)
  • $145 for a beekeeping workshop with honey and wine tasting for four (a $360 value)

During workshops, which are hosted at Poetic Cellars from noon to 3 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays, attendees witness the basics of beekeeping, learn how to build a honeycomb foundation and hive, and observe a live bee colony—housed in see-through hives to prevent stinging. Beekeepers also illuminate guests on the processes of honey production, pollen storage, and wax building.

The experience transforms from a class to a tasting for the final hour, inviting students to sample wildly different monofloral honeys from specific locales or plants, such as star thistle, wildflower, and black sage. Visitors also sip wines created onsite, such as a pinot noir, bordeaux blend, and chardonnay.

Gerard'Z Honeybees

More than a century ago, an industrious farmer named Gerard enlisted the help of bees to pollinate his family estate. Inadvertently, the buzzing insects fertilized a new passion for Gerard, one that would become a family tradition.

Four generations later, Gerard’Z Honeybees' bustling hives create more than a dozen local and monofloral honeys from such plants as star thistle, orange blossoms, and avocado blossoms. Because the honeys are completely raw and natural, they maintain the micro-nutritious qualities often left out of industrial varieties, and they may help allergy sufferers to acclimate to their local pollen varieties.

Gerard’Z holds year-round beekeeping workshops and honey tasting seminars at local wineries, nurseries, and farmers’ markets throughout the Bay Area and Central Valley. During the classes and tastings, bee experts demystify the process of maintaining a hive, and people get the chance to taste the difference between clover honey, buckwheat honey, black sage honey, and Doritos honey. Gerard’Z also helps to maintain the delicate honeybee population by finding homes for wild swarms or colonies that have built hives in unwanted places and might otherwise fall prey to exterminators.

Customer Reviews

Really fun, interesting and informative afternoon. Highly recommend.
Mary M. · January 14, 2014
I never pursued this business but if I had I probably would have chosen Gerard'Z since the location was good for me. It was a great experience and very informative.
Lori D. · January 6, 2013
Fun and very informative! One idea...bring photos or make a photobook (like on shutterfly) of the whole process; setting up the hives, checking on the bees, harvesting the honey, farmer's market, etc. Would be interesting to see some of the steps.
Devon L. · October 18, 2012

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