A 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
Method for Blackcurrant Wine Recipe:
- Strip and rinse the blackcurrants in a colander under running water
- Put into a fermenting bin and crush with a potato masher or back of a large spoon
- Pour over 1 gallon of boiling water. Once cooled a little, add 1 Campden tablet, crushed and dissolved in a little warm water.
- 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.
- Strain into a large pan (a preserving pan is ideal) through a fine sieve, heat a little and dissolve the sugar into the liquid.
- Add the yeast and yeast nutrient.
- Pour into a fermenting bottle with air-lock and leave until fermentation has finished.
- Rack, as necessary, adding a Campden tablet after the first racking.
- 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.