Plum wine is a great way to enjoy an abundance of plums.
We made plum wine a couple of years ago using yellow plums, and this year as we have a very large Italian plum tree we’ll be doing the same this summer using a different plum wine recipe. I imagine the taste and color will turn out quite different.
If you use only sweet plums you’ll get a dessert wine, so it’s good to get a mix of tart and sweet plums for a more balanced wine.
How to Make Plum Wine (Step-by-Step)
We also used a champagne yeast instead of wine yeast to try and make it sparkly (which didn’t work out too well). The second time we made this plum wine we used Italian plums. The color is far prettier than the yellow wine!
The Italian plums create red wine, the flavor changing depending on the plum balance.
Italian plum wine can be super sweet if you only use very ripe plums. I prefer a mix of tart and sweet plums.
This recipe is from the Winemaker’s Recipe Handbook.
Plum Wine Recipe Supplies
- Primary Fermenter *
- Secondary carboy Fermenter *
* The size of your primary and secondary fermenter will depend on how much wine you plan on making. The above recipe is for a 1-gallon size.
We used a 5-gallon size (so we multiplied the plum wine recipe by 5). We just bought a 5-gallon winemaking kit, (you can also get the smaller 1-gallon winemaking kit), as it was easier than shopping for all the individual supplies.
- Nylon straining bag (the size will depend on your primary fermenter)
- Siphon Hose with Shut-Off Clamp
- Hydrometer & Test Jar
- Bubbler air-lock & carboy bung
- Corker (we have this one) but this is the size that takes up way less space!
Was the plum wine recipe useful? Have you made plum wine before?
What type of plums did you use?