Elderberry Wine

Elderberry Wine

Elderberry wine

when there is nothing to be done at this period of epidemic it's the perfect time to enjoy a glass of elderberry wine 🍷.

Patience is required for this recipe. Like red wine grapes, elderberries are high in tannin and so the wine needs time to mature.


  • 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
  • Water
  • Gloves - particularly when handling the berries as they can die your skin purple!


  1. Strip the elderberries from the stalks and wash well
  2. Put into a fermenting bin and crush, either using gloved hands or a potato masher
  3. Pour on 4 pints of water
  4. Add 1 Campden tablet, crushed and dissolved in a little warm water to kill off any wild yeasts
  5. Boil half of the sugar in 2 pints of water for 2 or 3 minutes and, when cool, mix into the pulp
  6. Add the yeast (6g) and nutrient and cover and allow to ferment for 5 days, stirring daily
  7. Strain and press and return the liquor to a clean fermenting bin
  8. Boil the rest of the sugar in 1 pint of water for 2 or 3 minutes and when cool, add to the liquor
  9. Cover again and leave for 3 or 4 days
  10. Pour carefully or syphon into a gallon jar. Try and leave as much of the sediment behind as possible
  11. Fill up the jar with cooled boiled water to where the neck begins
  12. Fit a fermentation lock and leave until fermentation has finished
  13. Rack your wine (which means to move your wine into a fresh container) adding a Campden tablet after the first fermentation
  14. Syphon into bottles
  15. Enjoy!
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