This elderberry wine recipe produces a true country wine. Rich and deep toned, reflecting the summer concentrated into the hedgerow fruit. It’s simple and easy to make, just follow the instructions and you can’t go wrong.
The recipe is easily adapted by altering the sugar content to make a dry, medium dry or medium sweet wine.
Elderberry Wine Recipe
Ingredients for Elderberry Wine Recipe:
- 2½ lb elderberries
- Campden tablets
- 2½, 2¾ or 3 lb sugar (Use the lowest amount of sugar for a dry wine, next for a medium dry wine and the higher sugar for a medium sweet. )
- Wine yeast
- Yeast Nutrient
Method for Elderberry Wine Recipe:
- Strip the elderberries from the stalks and wash well. If you immerse the berries in cold water for a few minutes, any hidden insects will float off.
- Put into a fermenting bin and crush. A traditional potato masher is ideal for this. Pour on 4 pints of water.
- Add 1 Campden tablet, crushed and dissolved in a little warm water to kill off any wild yeasts.
- Boil half of the sugar in 2 pints of water for 2 or 3 minutes and, when cool, mix into the pulp.
- Add the yeast and nutrient and cover and allow to ferment for 5 days, stirring daily.
- Strain and press and return the liquor to a clean fermenting bin.
- Boil the rest of the sugar in 1 pint of water for 2 or 3 minutes and, when cool, add to the liquor.
- Cover again and leave for 3 or 4 days.
- Pour carefully or syphon into a gallon jar, leaving as much deposit behind as possible.
- Fill up the jar with cooled, boiled water to where the neck begins.
- Fit a fermentation lock and leave until fermentation has finished.
- Rack, as necessary, and add 1 Campden tablet after the first racking to stop fermentation.
- Syphon into bottles.
This elderberry wine recipe produces 1 gallon of rich red wine that should be stored for at least six months after bottling before drinking.