How to make plum wine

How to make plum wine

With plums in season from August to October and a plum tree producing up to five pounds of fruit a day, you will no doubt be seeking culinary and preserving inspiration if you are lucky enough to have a plum tree. Fear not, as today we will explain how to make plum wine for a real winter warmer in the colder months to come.

Our plum wine recipe

Before you start making plum wine, there are a few items of equipment that you will need:

– Fermentation bucket.
– Demijohns.
– Airlocks.
– Siphon tube
– Wine bottles with corks, or swing top bottles,
– Sterilisation solution or Campden tablets.

We stock all the equipment listed, while Campden tablets can be obtained from your local home brewing store or online.


2kg plums
1.25kg sugar
3.75 litres water
1 teaspoon lemon juice
1 packet cider yeast


1. Clean the plums thoroughly, then place them in the sterilised fermentation bucket and mash them with a potato masher. You can leave the stones in for this stage to add a nice nutty flavour to the wine.
2. Boil the water and pour over the plums. Place the lid on the bucket and leave for three to four days, stirring every day.
3. Add the lemon juice and sugar and stir, then pour the yeast on top. Leave for a couple of hours, then stir thoroughly.
4. Put the lid back on the bucket and leave for four days, stirring the mixture twice a day.
5. Siphon the mixture into the demijohns, using a funnel with a sieve or muslin cloth to prevent sediment entering the demijohns. Once full, place an airlock on each demijohn.
6. After a couple of weeks, rack the wine into new, sterilised demijohns, taking care not to disturb the sediment at the bottom of the original demijohns.
7. Over the next few weeks, taste the wine to see whether you feel it is ready for bottling. You can bottle some of it and leave the rest to age a little longer.

This is a wine to be enjoyed young, so it will definitely be ready for Christmas.

A more sophisticated plum wine recipe

If you are feeling very adventurous, why not try umeshu, a Japanese plum wine? Whilst it is known as plum wine, it is technically more of a cordial; nonetheless, it is delicious. If home brewing is not your thing, try cheat’s plum wine by adding plums and sugar to vodka or the spirit of your choice. Leave for three to four months and enjoy!

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