Elderberry Wine

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Easy Elderberry Wine Recipe

For Dried Elderberries

I am not a wine connoisseur but I know what I do an do not like. I have tried no wine I like better than what I make using the simple, easy and all natural recipe below using dried elderberries. NOTE: Dried elderberries are not as bitter as ripe elderberries.

You have likely been told that wine must age a year or so to be drinkable, however, this elderberry wine made without sulfites, sorbates,  preservatives or any other additives is not only drinkable as soon as it is bottled, it is quite enjoyable.

This recipe makes a semi-sweet elderberry wine with 12% alcohol by volume.

Here is the recipe for one gallon of wine, with the ingredients listed in the order they are used. To make more than one gallon just increase all ingredients proportionately except for the yeast. 1 package of yeast will work for up to 6 gallons. 

Easy Elderberry Wine Recipe

Semi-sweet alcohol 12% by volume

  • One gallon of water
  • 3 pounds of sugar
  • 4 to 5 ounces of dried elderberries 
  • 1 package of yeast.  ( I use Red Star Premier Classique )

See the instructions on the Elderberry Wine Recipes page




Elderberry Plants

Consider growing your own elderberries. I got my plants from Just Fruits and Exotics in north west Florida. This is the best place I have found.