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How to make Blackberry wine

Updated on September 8, 2010

How to make Blackberry wine


I posted the other day How to make Pea pod wine and in there I did mention blackberries. I was in my local Tesco supermarket today and indeed they still have blackberries on sale. Maybe they are from Spain or somewhere still nice and warm. In the UK blackberries can be picked from mid July onwards.

Blackberry wine is a favourite of mine and I can remember going back to when I was in my teens helping my father pick blackberries to make blackberry wine with. As I’m writing I’ve got a glass of blackberry wine which I made 2 years ago now 2008, I did start a batch of blackberry wine last year in August and is still maturing. It won’t be ready for drinking until August of this year. It does take time to make wine a good wine is never rushed. Just don’t be put off with the length of time it takes to make wine. It’s rather rewarding to taste the wine that you have made.

I do like red wine, but I can’t drink too much of it because it gives me a terrible headache the following day. If you were to buy blackberries for the supermarket it would cost a bit since they are not cheap. You could wait for them being ready for picking and spend a few lovely days picking your own at no real cost to you only your time.

Blackberry wine like with all wines is simple, most of the wines are very similar to make. It’s the matter of just the changing in the main ingredients like grapes to oranges to blackberries. Then there’s the different amount of sugars you will need to use and if you need to use a lemon or 2.

A good local wine making shop will sell all you need to make wine. If there not one near you could try the internet for the products you will need.

What you will need to make wine


Fermentation jar and air lock

5 gallon brewing bucket with a tight lid

A good general purpose cleaner and steriliser

Demi-john with air lock

What you will need to make Blackberry wine


You will need

6lb’s of Blackberries

¼ oz of wine yeast

2½ lb of sugar

7 pints of boiling water

How to make

Wash the pick blackberries

Put them into a 5 gallon brewing bucket pour 6 pints of boiling water over them

Press hard to extract juice.

Leave for 4 days to infuse

Clean and sterilise the demi-john and bottles later on when you put your wine into them

Measure the liquid and add sugar and yeast to the


, place air lock and leave in a warm place (65 to 75 Fahrenheit to ferment.

When the bubbling as stopped, the wine should then be stirred.

Leave for 3 or 4 days to settle

Strain the liquid into a clean and sterilise


using a thick muslin cloth or something similar, making sure you fill it to the brim, cork and leave for 5 months

Pour into clean and sterilised bottles, cork and leave in a cool dark place. Leave to stand for at least a few more months before you drink it.

It should be ready to drink. Blackberry wine is a rich red wine so get out the wine glasses and enjoy.

Take care and all the best with the wine making


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    • RhondaHumphreys1 profile image

      Rhonda Humphreys 

      6 years ago from Michigan

      This sounds great!! maybe you get a headache from drinking to much of it?? lol Voted up, interesting and useful

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      Rachel Koski 

      6 years ago from Pennsylvania, now farming in Minnesota

      This sounds awesome! I've been experimenting with home fermentation for a couple years now, and blackberry wine isn't something I've tried yet. I'll give your recipe a try and see how it goes. Thanks!

    • Arren123 profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from UK

      Thank you Linda, it sure is, think I'll have to make some more this year, it's been 2 years since I did :)

    • Minnetonka Twin profile image

      Linda Rogers 

      6 years ago from Minnesota

      Yummy. Homeade wine is such a great buzzer.

    • StephenSMcmillan profile image


      7 years ago

      WOw!I love drinking homemade wines.Thanks for sharing.

    • Dr. Cherie profile image

      Cherie Santasiero PhD 

      7 years ago from Hamburg, NY

      Hi Arren,

      Sound wonderful! I'm going to store it next to the Limencello I'm going to make!

      Great hub

    • Sterling Carter profile image

      Sterling Carter 

      8 years ago from Indian Mound, Tennessee

      I have always wanted to male my own wine. But was afraid too try it.

      I guess I will have to try it now as it sounds rather easy.

      Thanks for the information

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      Rose Barrett 

      8 years ago

      What a great article for the do-it-yourself crowd. This is very interesting. I think jakewen, the other commentator, should start a hub to elaborate on the delicious port they made!

    • jakewen profile image


      8 years ago from North Bend, OR

      Hey this recipe sounds great! I recently made a blackberry port. It was wonderfull! I just added blackberry brandy and some grape juice conc to a blackberry wine similar to your recipe. That was a 1 gal batch and it was gone in less than a month. So, now I have 5 gal brewing :)


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