Delicious Blackberry Wine Recipe Straight from the Vineyard!

Are you looking for a unique and flavorful wine to impress your guests next time you entertain? Look no further than this homemade blackberry wine recipe. With just a few ingredients and a little bit of effort, you can create a full-bodied wine that is sure to be the highlight of the evening.

There’s nothing quite like sipping on a glass of homemade wine, especially when it’s made from fresh blackberries. This recipe is perfect for anyone who loves fruit wines or wants to try their hand at making their own wine for the first time.

So grab your fermenting bucket and let’s get started on this delicious blackberry wine recipe. You won’t regret taking the time to make this sweet and tangy wine that is perfect for any occasion.

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

Blackberry Wine
Blackberry Wine

Are you looking for a new and unique wine recipe that will wow your friends and family? Look no further than this blackberry wine recipe! Not only is it easy to make, but it’s also deliciously sweet with just the right amount of tartness.

Using fresh or frozen blackberries, sugar, and a few other simple ingredients, you can create a bottle of homemade blackberry wine that will rival any store-bought variety. But what sets this recipe apart is the inclusion of acid blend and pectic enzyme, which help balance the flavors and create a smoother finish.

Whether you’re an experienced winemaker or just starting out, this recipe is perfect for anyone who loves fruit wines. Not to mention, the beautiful deep purple color of the finished product is sure to impress your guests at your next dinner party or gathering.

So why not give this blackberry wine recipe a try? You’ll love the delicious results and the satisfaction that comes with making your own homemade wine.

Ingredient List

 Blackberry wine: a deep, rich hue that captures the spirit of the season.
Blackberry wine: a deep, rich hue that captures the spirit of the season.

Here are the ingredients you need to make blackberry wine:

  • 4 pounds of fresh or frozen blackberries
  • 2 gallons of hot water
  • 2 tsp acid blend
  • 1 tsp pectic enzyme
  • 1 tsp yeast nutrient
  • 4 lbs sugar
  • 1 tsp tannin powder
  • 1 package of red wine yeast

Note that if you are using fresh berries, make sure they are clean and free from debris. If you are using frozen ones, thaw them completely before starting the process. All ingredients can be easily found at any homebrew store or online.

The Recipe How-To

 These juicy, plump blackberries are the backbone of my wine recipe.
These juicy, plump blackberries are the backbone of my wine recipe.

Now that you have gathered all the necessary ingredients and equipment, it’s time to start making your homemade blackberry wine. Follow these steps carefully and you will have a delicious and refreshing drink in no time.

Step 1: Preparing the Blackberries

First, wash 4 pounds (or approximately 5 quarts) of fresh or frozen blackberries thoroughly under cold water to remove any dirt, debris, or contaminants. Then, mash the berries with a clean utensil until they are completely crushed.

Step 2: Mixing the Sugar and Water

In a large pot, dissolve 2 pounds of sugar with 6 cups of warm water over low heat. Stir occasionally until the mixture is fully combined. Add water until the full volume reaches up to one gallon (or approximately 5 litres).

Step 3: Adding Acid Blend and Pectic Enzyme

Once the sugar has dissolved, add 1 tsp of acid blend and 1 tsp of pectic enzyme to the pot. Mix all ingredients thoroughly.

Step 4: Fermenting the Blackberry Wine

Pour the mashed blackberries into a fermenting bucket and then add the sugar solution from step #2. Pour 4 gallons (or approximately 15 litres) of boiling water over the mixture and stir.

Step 5: Pitching Yeast Nutrient and Red Wine Yeast

Before sealing the fermenting bucket with an airlock, add 1 tsp of yeast nutrient and 1 tsp of red wine yeast on top of the mixture. These ingredients will help kickstart fermentation by providing essential nutrients for yeast to thrive.

Step 6: Allowing Fermentation

Close the fermenting bucket tightly with an airlock so that air can escape while preventing contamination from entering. Store it in a cool and dark place away from direct sunlight for approximately two weeks, until fermentation slows down.

Step 7: Racking and Bottling the Blackberry Wine

After fermentation has slowed, transfer the wine from the fermenting bucket to a clean secondary container using a siphon hose. This is called racking. Leave the wine to sit for an additional 4-6 weeks to clarify and settle. After this time, bottle your homemade blackberry wine in sterilized bottles with corks or caps. Enjoy it chilled or at room temperature.

Now that you know how to make a delicious batch of blackberry wine, experiment with different wines and try creating new variations according to your taste buds. Enjoy your homemade wine responsibly and share it with your friends and family on special occasions!

Substitutions and Variations

 There’s no better way to preserve the depth and flavor of these blackberries than through the fermentation process.
There’s no better way to preserve the depth and flavor of these blackberries than through the fermentation process.

There are plenty of substitutions and variations you can make to this blackberry wine recipe to suit your preferences and accommodate your ingredient availability. Here are a few suggestions:

1. Sugar: If you prefer a less sweet blackberry wine, you can reduce the amount of sugar in the recipe or use a sugar substitute like honey or stevia.

2. Acid Blend: This recipe calls for acid blend, which helps balance the tartness and sweetness of the wine. You can substitute it with citric acid or tartaric acid if that’s what you have on hand.

3. Pectic Enzyme: If you don’t have pectic enzyme, you can skip it or substitute with gelatin (unflavored).

4. Yeast Nutrient: This ingredient is essential for robust fermentation, but if you don’t have it, try using raisins or boiled bread yeast instead.

5. Tannin powder: Using tannin powder is an optional choice, but it significantly enhances the full-bodied taste of the wine, providing more depth to its flavor profile. You can replace tannin with strong brewed tea, hibiscus flowers, or oak chips.

6. Wine fruit: Blackberries are the main ingredient in this recipe, but there is no rule that says you cannot experiment with other fruit examples like blueberries, raspberries, strawberries or cherries to create uniquely flavorsome fruit wines.

Be creative in making substitutions and variations that fit best for your needs and tastes, never fear breaking free from tradition to craft special homemade blackberry wine that resonates perfectly with you!

Serving and Pairing

 The tangy, tartness of the blackberries are complemented by the subtle sweetness of the sugar and honey.
The tangy, tartness of the blackberries are complemented by the subtle sweetness of the sugar and honey.

Blackberry wine is a versatile drink that pairs well with many dishes, both sweet and savory. The fruity and full-bodied taste of blackberry wine makes it an excellent match for spicy or acidic dishes as it helps to balance their intensity.

For a perfect pairing, I recommend serving the homemade blackberry wine chilled with roasted meats such as lamb or beef or even hearty stews. Its bold, rich flavor complements the flavors of meat perfectly, enhancing each bite.

If you have a sweet tooth, this home-made wine is an excellent choice to pair with desserts such as chocolate cake, berry tarts, or fruit salads. It settles nicely in the tummy after a big meal and leaves off a slightly sweet aftertaste.

In addition, you can enjoy blackberry wine on its own as an after-dinner drink. The deep color of this red wine and its aroma go perfectly with chocolate fondue or cheese platters.

Remember to serve your homemade blackberry wine in large-bowled glasses to allow the scent to develop fully while sipping it slowly. Cheers!

Make-Ahead, Storing and Reheating

 The fermentation process takes time and patience, but it’s worth it when you’re able to enjoy this handcrafted wine.
The fermentation process takes time and patience, but it’s worth it when you’re able to enjoy this handcrafted wine.

Once you’ve made this delicious blackberry wine recipe, you’ll want to know how to store and enjoy it later. Don’t worry – I’ve got you covered.


This blackberry wine recipe requires some patience, as the fermentation process can take up to a few weeks. But the good news is that once the wine is ready, there’s no need to consume it all immediately. In fact, you can even make a big batch ahead of time if you’re planning on hosting a party or event in the future. After fermentation has finished and you’ve bottled your homemade blackberry wine, store it in a cool and dark place like a cellar or pantry for at least a few months before consuming.


Proper storage is key when it comes to preserving your homemade blackberry wine. After fermentation is complete, bottle your wine in dark glass bottles with airtight seals to keep air out and prevent oxidation. Store the bottles in a cool and dark place such as a cellar or pantry, where temperatures are consistently between 45°F and 65°F. Avoid storing your wine in direct sunlight or places that get too warm.


Blackberry wine is best served chilled, but if you prefer it warm, there’s no harm in heating it up. Heat up only as much as needed for consumption rather than reheating an entire bottle. Use a microwave-safe container or heat-proof pitcher and heat up the wine in short intervals of 10-15 seconds until it reaches your desired temperature. Do not overheat the wine! Keep tasting periodically while reheating to avoid letting the wine go bad with excess heat.

Follow these tips and enjoy your homemade blackberry wine for months on end – either chilled or warmed up depending on what you prefer!

Tips for Perfect Results

 As the blackberry wine ages, the notes of oak and vanilla take center stage, creating a symphony of
As the blackberry wine ages, the notes of oak and vanilla take center stage, creating a symphony of

To achieve the best possible outcome, here are some tips for making perfect homemade blackberry wine every time.

First and foremost, clean all of your equipment thoroughly before starting. A clean fermenting bucket will prevent any unwanted bacteria from growing and sabotaging your wine during the fermentation process.

Additionally, be sure to use high-quality ingredients in your blackberry wine recipe. Fresh, plump blackberries will give your wine a more robust flavor than blackberries that have been frozen or are past their prime.

When adding sugar to your batch of blackberry wine, warm it up first. Warm sugar dissolves more quickly than cold sugar and is easier to blend into the liquid. Make sure that all the sugar is dissolved completely before you move onto the next step.

Next, add acid blend and tannin powder in appropriate amounts to help balance the flavors of the wine. Acid blend helps provide tartness while tannin powder provides structure and flavor to the drink. It is important not to overdo it with these ingredients as too much can overpower the taste of your wine.

After you have added all of your ingredients to your fermenting bucket, stir thoroughly before covering and leaving it alone to do its magic for several weeks. Once done fermenting, remove sediment that has settled at the bottom by slowly siphoning off liquid into a new container using a food-grade tube or hose.

Finally, after bottling and storing in a cool dark place for a few months to a year — enjoy! Your homemade blackberry wine is ready to enjoy with friends or family over a hearty meal or as a solo sipper while unwinding at night


As you prepare to make your homemade blackberry wine using the recipe, you may encounter some questions or challenges. Here are answers to frequently asked questions that can help you to achieve perfect results for your wine. These FAQs cover various areas, including substitutions and variation, the preparation process, serving and pairing, and make-ahead storage and reheating options.

What yeast is best for blackberry wine?

When it comes to crafting a delicious blackberry wine, I recommend opting for a red wine yeast. Since blackberries tend to have high sugar content and low tannins, a sweet wine yeast like the Red Star Premier Classique or Montrachet yeast can enhance the rich and fruity flavors of the wine. Using a red wine yeast is an excellent choice for elevating your blackberry wine to the next level.

How long should you age blackberry wine?

It is recommended to let the blackberry wine age in the bottle for a minimum of six months before sampling.

How much alcohol is in blackberry wine?

The bottle contains 500 milliliters of wine that has an alcohol content of 18.5% ABV.

Is there such a thing as blackberry wine?

This particular wine is packed with the rich taste of newly picked blackberries. Its sweetness is balanced by a sharp tang, giving it a complex and refreshing flavor.

Bottom Line

In conclusion, making homemade blackberry wine is a great way to indulge in your love for wine while also exploring the depths of your creativity in the kitchen. By following this recipe and using fresh blackberries, hot water, and other essential ingredients, you can make a delicious and full-bodied blackberry wine that pairs perfectly with many types of cuisine.

With its unique flavor profile and versatile nature, blackberry wine is a fantastic addition to any occasion. Whether you’re serving it at a dinner party or enjoying it on your own after a long day, this wine is perfect for all occasions. Additionally, if you’re feeling particularly adventurous, try experimenting with different variations of the recipe and see what delicious results you come up with.

So go ahead, grab those fresh blackberries and start putting together your own homemade blackberry wine today. With so much to love about this recipe and the thrill of making something from scratch, there’s no reason not to give it a try. Cheers!

Blackberry Wine

Blackberry Wine Recipe

This is from the book Sabbats by Edain McCoy. I found this book in Books-a-million and enjoyed reading it. I hope you enjoy this recipe!
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Prep Time 270 d
Cook Time 15 mins
Course Beverage
Cuisine Wine
Servings 2 bottles
Calories 1744.9 kcal


  • 4 lbs fresh blackberries
  • 3 1/2 cups sugar
  • 3 1/4 cups hot water


  • Set the berries in a large bowl for about 4 weeks, stirring occasionally.
  • The berries may smell and may begin to mold.
  • With a mortar and pestle, crush the berries till you have a very smooth pulp.
  • Stir in sugar and water.
  • Pour into casks for fermenting it.
  • Let the wine age for atleast 8 months.
  • Air the wine every few days to allow the gases to escape.
  • The longer the wine is kept, the better it'll be.
  • Like I do all my food, I think it is so very nice and special to dedicate what you prepare to the Gods and Goddesses before serving it.
  • Do dedicate this to a deity and then serve.
  • You'll enjoy it even more!

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Serving: 3286gCalories: 1744.9kcalCarbohydrates: 437.2gProtein: 12.6gFat: 4.5gSaturated Fat: 0.1gSodium: 16.8mgFiber: 48.1gSugar: 394g
Keyword Berries, Beverages, Easy, Fruit, Healthy, Low Cholesterol, Low Protein, Potluck
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