The good thing about making homemade wine is that you can literally use any fruit or vegetable available to you. Whether it be shop bought, hand picked from the garden or foraged from hedgerows and orchards. I’ve tried making wine from carrots, rhubarb, blackberries, apple, elderflowers and blueberries. I’ve yet to try wine made from potatoes, but it’s on my list of wine recipes to try next.
Over the last five years I’ve been delving into the world of wine making. As a complete novice, I purchased my first wine kit to see how hard it was to make homemade wine and to see how the taste compares to supermarket wine. It wasn’t long before I caught the bug and I was outdoors foraging fruits to make my own homemade country wine and designing my own wine bottle labels!
Getting hold of free fruit is so much better than shop bought produce, its both organic and cheaper too!
If you are not feeling too adventurous or just starting out, wine making kits are a good alternative and provide you with everything you need to get started. Wine kits range from budget to premium quality wines but at the end of the day, it’s all about your taste preference when making wine.
Most online retail shops sell starter kits which consists of everything you need to get started. Wilkos and The Range has a good selection of budget wine making kits instore, while online brewing shops stock more premium quality wine. Although the starter kits appear costly at first, once you have all the equipment needed these can be reused time and time again.
I first started out by purchasing a wine kit which included all the basics I needed to create six bottles of merlot red wine. Although making wine is pretty straight forward, I have had a few mishaps along the way. Once I gained the confidence to make good wine, I ventured into making my own homemade wine using readily available fruits from my own garden. Luckily we have rhubarb plants and two Bramley apple trees. During the summer months, there are an abundance of bramble and elderberry trees, so foraging soon took off. Getting hold of free fruit is so much better than shop bought produce, its both organic and cheaper too!
I found wine making very similar to baking. You always have flour, eggs and sugar stored in your home. One you start making homemade wine, you’ll find you’ll do the same thing.
The basic items you will need and can reuse time and time again:
- 20 Litre Plastic Bucket
- Bung and lock
- Sterilisation Solution
- Muslim Bag
- Wine Recipe
Ingredients you will always need on hand for wine making:
- Campden Tablets
- Yeast Nutrition
- Fast acting Yeast extract
- Wine Finings
There are plenty of wine recipes to choose from. But I personally found the simplest recipes to start with was Elderflower wine or Bramble wine. Feel free to check out my these recipes on my blog and look out for my downloadable ebook of wine recipes coming soon.
Good luck wine making!
Just a few of my wine recipe guides, to get you started.
- Apple Wine
- Blackberry (Bramble) Wine
- Carrot Wine
- Elderberry Wine
- Elderflower Wine
- Rhubarb Wine