ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

How to make Elderberry wine

Updated on September 8, 2010

How to make Elderberry wine

It’s been a busy few weeks in the wine making, Cherry wine, and Blackberry wine, now on to Elderberry wine. The tree that you get your Elderberries from is interesting as to have the chance to make a white and a red wine from. Around about May time here in the UK you can make Elder flower wine and then late August, early September you can make Elderberry wine a rich red wine, it more of a port than wine. Bear in mind that if you take all the flowers to make Elderflower wine, you won’t be able to make Elderberry wine. It’s been a good year for making wine here in the UK plenty a lovely fruit to choose from to make a lovely wine from. Now that you’ve started your wine, you’ll just have to wait for it to be ready to drink. It does take time, wine making it not meant to be rushed. All wines are made in the same way as each other, it’s just the amount you need and the sugar etc that are different from each other. With time and as you become more confident in wine making you could always experiment and try out your own way of make your own wine.

You will need:


· 5 gallon bin with a tight lid

· Fermentation jar and air lock

· 4lb’s (1.8kg) of Elderberries

· 9 pints of boiling water

To each gallon juice:

· ¼ oz (7g) of wine yeast

· 2½ lb’s (1.1kg) of sugar

  ¼ oz (7g) root ginger

  8 oz (226g) raisins

What to do:


1. Wash and place the Elderberries into the 5 gallon bin.

2. Pour over 9 pints of boiling water, press to extract the juice.

3. Place lid on and leave to stand for 4 days to infuse

4. After 4 days, strain off liquid and measure.

5. Add the measured liquid and add sugar, yeast, raisins and root ginger to the fermentation jar, place air lock and leave in a warm place (65 to 75f to ferment.

6. When the bubbling as stopped (normally after 4-6 weeks), the wine should be then stirred.

7. Leave for 3 or 4 days to settle

8. Strain the liquid into a cask, making sure you fill it to the brim (this is important to do so), cork and leave for 7 months to mature

9. After 7 months, pour into bottles, cork and leave in a cool dark place for a further few more months at least.

After a few months it should be ready to drink. Hope you enjoy

 Take care and have fun.



    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    • vellos profile image


      7 years ago

      It sure does make for a gorgeous, deep purple wine with a unique taste. Best of all, the berries are free if you pick them yourself!

    • Daddy Paul profile image

      Daddy Paul 

      8 years ago from Michigan

      Nice read.


    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at:

    Show Details
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the or domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)