Fruit Wine: Types & How to Make

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While fruit wine may not be something that regularly crosses your palate, it turns out that grapes are not the only fruit that can produce such a delicious alcoholic beverage!

What is Fruit Wine?

Conventionally, most people think of wine as being made from grapes, but people make wine from all kinds of different fruits in different parts of the world. Fruit wines can be made with any number of types of fruit and the alcoholic content of most fruit wines averages around 11%. Furthermore, based on the types of fruits being used, fruit wine can also have a number of surprising health benefits!

Yellow and red fruit wine in beautiful glasses next to peaches and cranberries

Fruit wines are made from fruits other than grapes. Photo Credit: Shutterstock


There are many different types of fruit wine, they include strawberry wine, elderberry wine, apple wine, blackberry wine, cranberry wine, plum wine, pineapple wine, and more.

  • Strawberry wine is a summer favorite of home winemakers and is known to be very sweet.
  • Elderberry wine is a traditional, tart English wine that has been made for centuries.
  • Apple wine is another tart, sour German wine that is similar in taste to dry ciders.
  • Blackberry wine is a sweet, dark British wine that is sometimes blended with elderberries.
  • Cranberry wine is another home winemaker favorite, liked for its ease of drinking and clarity.
  • Plum wine is a favorite drink in Japan, Korea, and China. Instead of fermenting the fruits, however, the plums are soaked in distilled liquor.
  • Pineapple wine is produced all over the world, from Southeast Asia to Africa. It is a dry wine with a heavy pineapple bouquet that is unusual, but undeniably delicious.
  • Dandelion wine is an American-style wine made with dandelion petals.
  • Rosehip wine is made from the seed fruit of roses and is considered one of the best fruit wine varieties, although it can be a bit costly.
  • Orange wine is typically hard to make, as the fruit is so acidic, and the quality of the wine depends highly on the yeast that is used during production.

How to Make?

Let us take a look at the detailed recipe to make the fruit wine of your choice.

Yellow and red fruit wine in beautiful glasses next to peaches and cranberries

Fresh Fruit Wine Recipe

Enjoy this fermented beverage with a fruit juice of your choice as a base.
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Course: Alchohol
Cuisine: Mediterranean
Keyword: Fruit wine
Servings: 3 liters
Author: Ishani Bose


  • 1 gallon of water
  • 2 pounds of sugar
  • 6-8 pounds of your desired fruit


  • To make fruit wine, freeze 6-8 pounds of your favorite fruit for a few days beforehand.
  • Bring 1 gallon of water and 2 pounds of sugar to a boil.
  • Pour the boiling sugar water over your desired fruit, stir, and then cover tightly.
  • Next day, mash the fruit and stir in the yeast. Cover the mixture again. Continue to uncover and stir once a day for a week.
  • Strain the mixture and pour it into glass jugs. Leave a few inches of room in each bottle. Place the jugs in a dark, cool place.
  • In one month, siphon the wine into new jugs to clear out any sediment or fruit matter from the bottom.
  • Age the wine for as long as appropriate, which will depend on the type of fruit you’re using.

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John Staughton is a traveling writer, editor, publisher and photographer with English and Integrative Biology degrees from the University of Illinois in Champaign-Urbana (USA). He co-founded the literary journal, Sheriff Nottingham, and now serves as the Content Director for Stain’d Arts, a non-profit based in Denver, Colorado. On a perpetual journey towards the idea of home, he uses words to educate, inspire, uplift and evolve.

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