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    Blackberry Wine

    Lyme Bay Blackberry fruit wine is a medium wine, bursting with the tangy, full flavour and heady aroma of ripe hedgerow fruit. Our Blackberry wine is best served at room temperature. This wine is a great companion to a full flavoured berry dessert. It can also be enjoyed as a refreshing long drink, mixed 50/50 with soda water, as with our other fruit wines.

    lyme bay winery blackberry wine bottle

    Not only is it delicious, but our blackberry wine has several health benefits. Like elderberries, blackberries are full of antioxidants that can lower cholesterol and reduce the risk of strokes, so consuming moderate amounts of blackberry wine can even reduce the risk of heart disease.

    person holding a handful of blackberries

    Blackberry wine recipe

    If you fancy making your own blackberry wine, it takes a little patience, but the results are well worth the effort. Often viewed as a less complex drink, the process of making fruit wines is almost identical to that of grape wines, resulting in a range of varieties from sweet to dry.

    Flavour and juice are extracted by pressing, stewing and fermenting the pulp of the fruits, with the addition of sugar or honey in some cases to make the finished drink palatable and to increase the alcoholic content (sugar is converted to alcohol during the fermentation process).

    Just like with any other wine, the flavour profile of the end product depends on the quality of the fruit you start with, so select ripe blackberries that are bursting with flavour.

    You will need:

    – 1.3kg blackberries (washed)

    – 4.5L boiling water

    – 1.3kg granulated sugar

    – 1 teaspoon pectic enzyme

    – 1 teaspoon yeast

    – 1 teaspoon yeast nutrient

    – 1 Campden tablet, crushed

    Mash the blackberries, put them in a clean fermenting bucket, pour over 4.5 litres of boiling water, and cover and leave to cool. Add a teaspoon of pectic enzyme, the crushed Campden tablet, and keep it covered. After one day, dissolve in the sugar and add some wine yeast plus a teaspoon of yeast nutrient. Cover and leave for four or five days, stirring every day. Then strain, under as sterile conditions as you can manage, through a muslin cloth and put in a demi-john for about six weeks. Rack off into a fresh demi-john and bottle a few weeks after

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