Blackcurrant Wine Recipe How to Make Blackcurrant Wine

Blackcurrant Wine RecipeA simple and easy blackcurrant wine recipe that produces a medium-sweet, rich, complexly flavoured red wine. It’s similar in some ways to a Beaujolais but with a little more depth.

Blackcurrants are fairly easy to grow and a mature bush can produce between 10 and 15 lb of fruit a year. If you want to grow your own blackcurrants then you may find this page on the Allotment Garden web site helpful: Grow Your Own Blackcurrants

Blackcurrant Wine Recipe

Ingredients for Blackcurrant Wine Recipe:

  • 4  lb Blackcurrants
  • 4 lb Sugar
  • Campden Tablets
  • Wine yeast (a Beaujolais style is best)
  • Yeast Nutrient
  • Water

Method for Blackcurrant Wine Recipe:

  1. Strip and rinse the blackcurrants in a colander under running water
  2. Put into a fermenting bin and crush with a potato masher or back of a large spoon
  3. Pour over 1 gallon of boiling water. Once cooled a little, add 1 Campden tablet, crushed and dissolved in a little warm water.
  4. Cover and leave for 3 days, stirring with a spoon sterilised with boiling water. It’s important not to allow fermentation to start with wild yeasts before we want it to.
  5. Strain into a large pan (a preserving pan is ideal) through a fine sieve, heat a little and dissolve the sugar into the liquid.
  6. Add the yeast and yeast nutrient.
  7. Pour into a fermenting bottle with air-lock and leave until fermentation has finished.
  8. Rack, as necessary, adding a Campden tablet after the first racking.
  9. Syphon into bottles

This blackcurrant wine recipe makes about a gallon of medium-sweet, red wine. It can be drinkable after just six months but do give it at least a year to mature although two years would be even better.

There are a number of variations on blackcurrant wine but this simple recipe forms the base. Like many of the simple things in life, it is very good.

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9 comments on “Blackcurrant Wine Recipe How to Make Blackcurrant Wine
  1. Mick P says:

    Made this last year and was awesome. Picking the currants as I type and have already prepped the Demi’s. Try it with redcurrants too, device. Cheers!

  2. Mick P says:

    Did I write ‘device’, I meant devine. That’s how good this is!

  3. Keith Rogers says:

    never made wine before but would like to try

  4. karen says:

    I have done the first part of the prep just to find I am out of Campden tabs. Now my mash had been sitting for four days in an open bucket , without anything other than the hot water having been added. Is it too late to put the Campden in today…if it arrives in the post

    • John Harrison says:

      The idea of the tablet is to stop wild yeasts fermenting the must but you can get away without it sometimes. I think I’d put the tablet in now and give it a day before carrying on as per the recipe.

      Good luck!!

      • karen says:

        Thank you for your reply. I have to admit that I didnt want to throw good onto bad. If you think it should be ok I will give it a go. Thank you.

  5. Mick P says:

    I’ve brewed this recipe before with no campden tablet – I clean forgot. It was a little volatile for a day or so after I added the yeast, forcing must froth through the airlock but soon calmed down. It brewed out ok and made a very passable tipple. Sit the demijohn in a clean fermenting bin, it will stop the walls getting redecorated! And have a couple of spare clean airlocks to swap over. Remember cleanliness and hygiene.

  6. Colin Francis says:

    Not my recipe 2 pound per gallon is ok.wash fruit add the boiling water and stir in 2.2 pound of sugar until dissolved. When cool add yeast that has been prepared in a starter bottle that has a teaspoon of sugar that starts a quick fermentation. 1 teapot of pectin enzyme to stop it clouding. And strain out after no more than 5 days. As it very high in tanning an left longer may be ok . But will take 2 years or more to be ok

  7. Cyn says:

    If I want a drier wine, how much less sugar should I use?

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