Elderberry Wine

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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 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.  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. 

  • 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 )


  • Wash dried elderberries and put in nylon straining bag with several marbles for weight. Tie the open end of the bag. Set aside.
  • Bring water to boil
  • Add the sugar to the pot and stir.
  • Add to the pot the bag filled with the elderberries .
  • Cover and set aside 12 hours, or until cooled to near room temperature.
  • Add the yeast and cover pot with a clean cloth and secure the cloth in place so it doesn't sag into the liquid.
  • Stir and squeeze bag every day, always recovering the pot with cloth after.
  • Ferment in the pot for 4 to 6 days.
  • Transfer liquid to the jugs or carboy, fit airlock.
  • Allow to ferment until fermentation stops.
  • Rack every 30 days until wine clears and all sediment has settled to the bottom.
  • Bottle and enjoy. This wine Improves with age.

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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.