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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.



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    • vellos profile image

      vellos 6 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 7 years ago from Michigan

      Nice read.