Our beekeepers are the backbone of our shop, and we owe everything we do to their hard work (alongside their bees), creating the most natural, delicious raw honeys we can find. Some, like Ramon and Antonio, have been with us since the very beginning, and after many visits to see them and their bees, we have formed long-lasting, trusting relationships. Others, like Thomas and his family, are more recent partners, and their honeys are fast becoming some of our most popular. We visit all of our beekeepers regularly to see their processes, meet the bees, and hear about the current conditions.
All of the beekeepers we work with keep their hives in quite remote areas, away from sources of pollution, and use natural, traditional beekeeping methods. This means they don't use any antibiotics or synthetic pesticides, and none of the honeys they provide to us comes from bees fed with sugar. When they harvest honey from the hives, they always leave enough for the bees to eat during the leaner months of the year. This means they produce far less than some of the big industrial producers. We believe this is essential to making the purest, best quality, and most delicious raw honey available while treating the bees and the environment with the utmost care and respect.
We work with beekeepers from a range of different countries, including Spain, Bulgaria, Greece, Australia, and Portugal. Of course, this list is always expanding as we continue to discover new, passionate beekeepers and their exciting varieties of raw honey. If you ever discover a particularly wonderful honey while on holiday or travels abroad, please do let us know!
There are always new beekeepers coming on board to work with us in providing the best raw honeys to our customers, and it may take some time for us to add their profiles here. So, if you don't see a beekeeper on this page, don't worry - we're working on it! :)
-The Raw Honey Shop team
Antonio is a 4th generation beekeeper, continuing a long tradition of natural beekeeping. Currently, he is training his children and grandchildren to carry the business into the future. He is our first and longest-running beekeeper to produce certified organic raw honeys. He produces a range of different raw honeys such as chestnut, oak, lavender, eucalyptus, and others. His hives are located in and around the Sierra de Guadarrama mountains north of Madrid.
You can find his products here: Antonio's range
Ramon's raw honey is the honey that started this whole adventure. In a small shop in a small mountain town, we found out just how amazing raw honey could be and just how much we were missing by only having had supermarket honey. Ramon supplies us with a wide range of raw honeys, such as almond, carob, orange blossom, thyme, and many others. He and his wife Begonia are based in Aragon in Spain amongst the mountains and foothills of the Pyrenees.
You can find his products here: Ramon's range
Rossend is a very meticulous beekeeper, keeping a close eye on the quality and purity of his raw honey. He has won many awards from the International Taste and Quality Institute over the years for the excellent flavours of his various products. He produces many raw honeys such as apple blossom, arbutus, forest, lemon blossom, and others. Rossend and his hives are located in the Pyrenees mountains and foothills of the Spanish region of Catalonia.
You can find his products here: Rossend's Range
From building the bee hives to caring for the bees, Thomas and his family are all involved in the production of their beautiful, raw honey. The family has been producing traditional honey for generations, and now Thomas and his cousin, Panos, are looking to carry the business forward into the future. They create small batches of traditional Greek varieties such as thyme, pine, and fir as well as oak and heather. Thomas and family place their hives throughout the mountains of central Greece and in coastal pine forests.
You can find his products here: Thomas's Range
Luisa and her daughter, Olaya, head up this raw honey operation, taking care of the bees, harvesting the honey, and managing the business. Much of Luisa's production has been certified as organic, which goes to show how much they believe in the purity and quality of their products. Located in the Cantabrian Mountains in Spain, their bees forage in lush, remote forests, producing some of the finest forest and tree honeys we have found.
You can find her products here: Luisa's Range
Alvaro and his father run their raw honey operation along with fellow beekeeper, Juan Carlos. Alongside producing delicious raw honey, they also run courses and activity days on beekeeping and honey tasting for visitors. They produce a wide range of raw, certified organic honeys, including heather, mountain, wild lavender, and others. They are located in a Biosphere Reserve in the Spanish region of Rioja, known for its rich soil, which produces bold and fruity wines and honeys.
You can find his products here: Alvaro's Range
Ivan is a young beekeeper who uses all natural production methods and is now working through the paperwork of organic certification. He is a very methodical producer, colour-coding his hives, which he says helps the bees find their way back to the correct home. Ivan produces a range of traditional Bulgarian varieties such as acacia, beech and oak, and lime (linden). His hives are located in a national park in the area of Gorna Oryahovitsa, which is near the Tarnovo Elevations in Bulgaria.
You can find his products here: Ivan's Range
Michel is a kindly gentleman of French origin, who has a great interest in monofloral honeys and products containing honey that have additional properties- such as honey with ginseng. He is based in one of the main honey producing areas of Spain, which gives him access to a wide variety of honey types.
You can find his products here: Michel's range
David is the head beekeeper of a team of dedicated beekeepers based in the mountains of Galicia, Spain. They are committed to all-natural beekeeping, with no chemicals or sugar used. They are particularly concerned with helping protect their local environment, and they use sustainable beekeeping practices to ensure they are minimising any impact they have. David and his team produce some of the best and most consistently delicious forest and mountain honeys we've had.
You can find his products here: David's range
Plamen is a natural, traditional, organic-certified beekeeper, following on from generations of family beekeepers before him. He lives with his wife and son in a little stone and wood house, sat in a meadow, faced by beehives. The whole family are beekeepers, including his wife and son (who you can see in the photo above).
Plamen's bees collect various varieties of forest honey, including Oak from the Great Bulgarian Forest - a remnant of a primeval forest that used to cover most of Europe. This type of old growth forest produces the best honey.
You can find his products here: Plamen's range