In 2011 we setup a Facebook fanpage Wreck The Hoose Juice, a page dedicated to the greatest wine in the world Buckfast Tonic Wine. Initially setup as a page to share pictures, videos and stories from fellow Buckateers in 2015 we decided to use this strong fanbase to promote the first ever National Buckfast Day.
This would be a day held every year on the second Saturday of May to honour and show love for Buckfast Tonic Wine. The response was truly unbelievable and showed us that the love of the wine was not just contained to the UK and Ireland but stretched further afield. In 2016 we decided to make that national day a World Buckfast Day.
Wreck the Hoose Juice has no affiliation with J. Chandler & Company, Grants of Ireland, Buckfast or Buckfast Abbey in anyway. We are simply fans of the wine who want to promote and encourage others to drink and enjoy the tonic responsibly.
Haven’t heard of Buckfast Tonic Wine? It does have quite a few nicknames Bucky/Buckie, Commotion Lotion, Cumbernauld Rocket Fuel, Electric Soup, Coatbridge Table Wine, the Devils Calpol, Loopy Juice, Lurgan Champagne and of course Wreck The Hoose Juice.
Buckfast Tonic Wine is a fortified wine with caffeine, licensed from Buckfast Abbey in Devon and distributed by J. Chandler & Company in the United Kingdom and Grants of Ireland in Ireland. Its popularity exits strongly in Scotland, Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland but reaches as far as the Caribbean and Australia.
The ‘Buckfast Triangle’ is a term often used in Scotland to indicate the high levels of consumption of Buckfast Tonic Wine. Though this triangle has not accurately been pinpointed on a map and differs between Airdrie, Coatbridge and either Larkhall/ Cumbernauld/ Bellshill.
The recipe for the wine dates back to the 1880s where the French monks who settled at the Abbey brought with them Spanish base wines known as mistellas. In 1927 after the Abbey lost their licence it was decided that they would continue to make the wine but a distributor would market, distribute and sell the wine on their behalf.
Although the wine it still made at the Abbey in more recent times an additional site was needed due to the increasing popularity and high demand. A field adjacent was chosen as the destination for the new site in 2009 containing 4 reception vats each able to hold 130,000 litres of wine. That’s over 690,000 big bottles in total.
The drink has become somewhat controversial with many linking it to the ned or chav culture, especially in Scotland where politicians to police have called for the ban of the drink or restrictions to be put on it despite it making up less than 1% of alcohol purchased. But despite the negative publicity sales have continued to rise year after year.
In more recent times Buckfast has found its way into the kitchen with Michelin star chef Martin Blunos creating a number of signature dishes using the tonic wine. You’re also more likely these days to find Buckfast in the bar in the form of a Buckfast cocktail with more and more establishments jumping on the rising popularity of the drink.