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Homemade Grape Wine Recipe from Kerala

Updated on October 10, 2013

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How to make Grape Wine at home ?

Wine is a symbol of celebration. At home, making wine, acknowledges us with the coming of Christmas. Grape wine is our specialty and my father is expert in making the same. Our wine is famous among our neighbors, relatives and friends. we don't add any alcoholic contents like rum or like that to the made grape wine, so it is good even for small kids.

The homemade grape wine is the masterpiece of my father's recipe during Christmas time and I was very much eager to learn the same. Ingredients are simple enough but the taste is unbeatable. here goes my fathers recipe, this is sweet in taste.

Homemade Grape Wine

grape wine
grape wine | Source


  • 1 kg Grapes, Brown grapes with seed
  • 1 kg Sugar, to make wine
  • As needed Water, Boiled and cooled
  • One pinch Yeast
  • a Handful of Wheat Grains
  • a handful of Sugar, to make sugar syrup
  • 1 teaspoon Cloves
  • One large piece Ginger

Stages of making wine

making of grape wine
making of grape wine | Source
making sugar syrup
making sugar syrup | Source

Sugar Syrup

Sugar syrup is made to have the wine to have better color. Now below is the steps to create sugar syrup.

1. take a thick pan, add a handful of sugar to the same and heat it.

2. the sugar will turn, brown and later black in color

3. the black color will now turn to foam

4. once the foam starts coming up, add some water.

5. now the water and sugar will dissolve well and will start boiling

6. Once done, drain and keep it aside.

7. add the same to wine, once the syrup is cooled.

Making Wine

  1. Usually we need a Glass container or here we use Bharani - Big Ceramic container for making wine.
  2. Clean the grapes and remove the stem and branches from the grapes. Now add the Grapes to the Bharani, and add Boiled and cooled water , so that the water level is slightly few centimeters above the grape. For one kilo grapes approximately 875ml water is needed. Any way the right way is to pour water on top of grapes and stop a few centimeter above the grape level.
  3. Now add yeast, sugar and Wheat grains to the Bharani. Now mix the whole stuffs with your hand. The Sugar wont dissolve right now. So once done. close the lid of bharani and also close it tightly with a cloth.
  4. Now every alternative day, in the morning, u need to stir the mixture with a wooden spoon.
  5. On the 7th day, crush some cloves and put into the mixture.
  6. Now on the 13th day, crush ginger, make it juicier and put it in the mixture. now Make the sugar syrup and add to the same.
  7. On the 14th day, you can mix the same with your hand for the last time and then drain the wine. Keep the drained wine in wine bottles - should be made of glass or ceramic -no plastic ,no steel or aluminium.
  8. as you know, as long as you keep the wine, the wine is going to taste more and more better. Do not refrigerate.


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      DEEPA JOHN 5 years ago from Trivandrum, Kerala,India

      Yes tamarawilhite , we are not mixing anything in this wine and here in Kerala , most of the catholics/christians do make wine at home and distribute to friends and family during occasions of christmas and wedding times... It is even given to kids as medicine for tongue related issues.

      Yes toddy, arrack etc in which we use spirit and all is not legal to make at home and if made, the excise people will do raid and all there is many legal issues as, it need license to make the same.

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      Tamara Wilhite 5 years ago from Fort Worth, Texas

      Is homemade wine legal to make?

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      Validateinfo 5 years ago from Bangalore-India

      Hi, good onelet us try this.....Can you please share your email id as would like to clear few points regard to hubpages?



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      DEEPA JOHN 5 years ago from Trivandrum, Kerala,India

      You can do it either way Joe.. My father used to make wine without crushing.. But I do it after crushing the same... but the test is almost similar for both..

      for this recipe no need to crush..

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      joe 5 years ago

      Do we need to crush the grapes? Some recipes suggests that way.