Homemade cherry wine, the perfect summer drink
July is cherry season and the perfect time to learn how to make cherry wine. Cherries make one of the very best homemade wines and learning how to make cherry wine could make you very popular indeed! Head down to your local greengrocer, stock up on cherries and get cracking with a delicious homemade tipple.
Our cherry wine recipe
This is our favourite cherry wine recipe by far. Make sure that you have the right equipment before you start – you will need a fermenting bin, a fine sieve, a gallon jar or two, a fermentation lock and enough bottles to decant the wine into. As a rough guide, you should get five bottles of wine from this one-gallon cherry wine recipe.
2.7kg sour and sweet cherries, mixed
Wine yeast and nutrient
If you can’t source sour cherries, you will need to add the juice and zest of a lemon instead.
– Remove all stems from the cherries and wash thoroughly.
– Put the cherries in the fermenting bin and crush them until they are well pulped.
– Add 2.3 litres of boiling water, stirring well.
– Once cool, add a crushed, dissolved Campden tablet.
– Add the sugar to 2.3 litres of boiling water and continue to boil until the sugar has dissolved. Once cool, pour this liquid into the pulp mix.
– Add the yeast and nutrient, then cover the fermenting bin and leave to ferment for about a week. Stir the mixture every day.
– After a week, strain the mixture and pour the liquid into a clean fermenting bin. Cover it again and leave for a further four days.
– Carefully pour the mixture into a gallon jar, using a fine sieve to ensure only the liquid is used.
– Top up the gallon jar to the neck, using boiled water that has been allowed to cool.
– Fit the fermentation lock and allow fermentation to finish.
– Rack the wine as many times as necessary. Add a Campden tablet after the first racking to halt the fermentation process.
– Siphon the wine into sterilised bottles.
This cherry wine is best stored in a cool, dark place for up to a year to allow it to fully mature.
Dry cherry wine recipe
If you would prefer to make a drier type of cherry wine, try tweaking the recipe a little. Reduce the sugar to about 750gms and replace the wine yeast with port wine yeast.
This time next year, you could be sipping your own homemade cherry wine. Cheers!