“Deep into that darkness peering, long I stood there wondering, fearing, doubting, dreaming dreams no mortals ever dared to dream before”.
The Raven, Edgar Allan Poe
For those in the know. The collective noun for a group of ravens is in fact a ‘conspiracy’, hence the name of our wine club. The raven is a powerful, mythical, and spiritual bird for many cultures. The writer, Edgar Allan Poe’s poem ‘The Raven’ is a dark and supernatural decent into madness! We know all about that having bought a vineyard!The raven is the physical and spiritual guardian of the Tower of London, it is the first species of bird mentioned in the Hebrew Bible as Noah released a raven from the ark to test whether the flood waters had receded, in Greco-Roman antiquity Apollo sent a raven to spy on his lover Coronis. In Germanic and Viking cultures, the raven is a great and wise observer. Indeed the Germanic-pagan god, Odin was said to have two ravens serving as his eyes and ears. It is also the national bird of the Buddhist nation of Bhutan. Throughout the world, the raven’s legend is weaved through folklore and faith.
Name of the club
The name Ravenscroft originated from England in the 7th Century. ‘Raven’ obviously means raven, whilst ‘croft’ means a smallholding. How apt! We have retained Mark’s surname because we think it’s rather cool, but also as our homage to Mark and to respect his legacy.