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How to Make Blackberry Wine

As if blackberries weren’t good enough, blackberry wine is a crowd-pleasing beverage, and it also surprisingly easy to make at home. No matter your level of experience, here you’ll learn all you need to know about how to make blackberry wine. 

Read on to learn everything about this delectable beverage!

Blackberry Wine

What Does Blackberry Wine Taste Like? 

If you like fruity red wines, you certainly like will like blackberry wine.  Most people describe blackberry wine as having a smooth and balanced flavor, like a Merlot or Malbec. Homemade blackberry wine tends to be complex and aromatic, and is sure to impress your friends. 

Just like with any other wine, the flavor profile of the end product depends on the quality of the fruit you start with. Select ripe berries that are bursting with flavor for a rich wine. You can’t fix a bland berry! 

Did you know that your genetics contribute to your wine preferences? If you were born with high taste sensitivity, you might find dry wines overwhelmingly bitter. Fruits with high tannins give dry wine a bitter flavor. Blackberries are low in tannins, leading to a sweet wine that you can’t help but love.  

Is Blackberry Wine Good For You? 

Not only are they delicious, but blackberry wines have many health benefits. Similar to elderberries, blackberries are full of antioxidants that can lower cholesterol and reduce the risk of strokes. Consuming moderate amounts of blackberry wine can even reduce the risk of heart disease. Basically, there are only good reasons to make blackberry wine at home! 

Equipment You Need to Make Blackberry Wine

If you are new to wine making, don’t be intimidated by all the equipment out there. Here’s a list of the basics you will need to make blackberry wine at home. Good news-you’ll be able to use almost all of this equipment again for other types of wine. 

You’ll need more fermenting containers and bottling equipment if you are making a large batch of wine. A good rule of thumb is 5 bottles and corks per gallon of wine, but it never hurts to have a few extras on hand. Make sure your primary fermenter is large enough for your fruit juice before you start making blackberry wine. 

Equipment You Need for Homemade Wine:

How to Make Blackberry Wine At Home

How to make blackberry wine

Now that you have all your equipment gathered, it’s time to start making blackberry wine. This recipe makes a one gallon batch of blackberry wine, which is about 5 bottles. 

If you’re a complete beginner to wine making, start with a small batch to understand the fermentation process before moving on to large batch wine recipes. Experienced winemakers, feel free to multiply the recipe for several gallons of wine. 

What Kind of Wine Yeast Works Best for Blackberry Wine?

Wine Fermentation

Yeast is the key to turning fruit juice into wine. The yeast converts sugar into alcohol. Different types of yeast produce different results, often specific to a type of wine. Some yeasts are sensitive to temperature, and others work best in high-sugar fruits.

Boy picking blackberries

It is best to use a red wine yeast for blackberry wine. Blackberries are very sweet and low in tannins. Sweet wine yeasts, in particular red wine yeast, will bring out the rich flavors of the wine. Red Star Premier Classique or Montrachet yeasts work well. Check the yeast packet to figure out exactly how much you need based on the size of your batch. 

Step-By-Step Blackberry Wine Brewing Timeline

Before you start your wine-making, get familiar with the process from start to finish. Those months of aging can feel like a long time, but homemade blackberry wine is worth the time and effort!

Fresh blackberries, frozen blackberries, and prepared juice mix work for wine-making. However, you’ll follow a different fruit preparation method for each type.

Day 0: Gather and Prepare blackberries

Obtain fresh blackberries, frozen blackberries or juice. If you’re picking your own blackberries, be sure to watch out for brambles and nettles. The branches and thorns of the thicket can be an ugly surprise-consider using a berry picker for an easier day. 

How to Prepare Fresh Blackberries for Wine:

If you’re lucky enough to grow your own fruit or live near a blackberry patch, pick your blackberries when it’s blackberry season, and then prepare them for wine in 3 steps: 

  1. Sort through the berries to remove any underripe or unhealthy fruit. Soak the berries in cold water for an hour to remove pests like caterpillars or other creepy-crawlies (they will float to the top). The pesky vinegar fly can actually change the flavor of your wine so don’t skip this step! 
  2. Mash the berries (or throw them in the food processor for a minute) and put them in your primary fermenting container. It’s just fine to have a few stems in there. It will have a thick consistency. 
  3. Use Campden Tablets to sterilize the fresh fruit mash.  Use one Campden tablet per gallon of wine – and make sure to wait 24 hours before adding the yeast! If you don’t, the potassium metabisulfite may kill your yeast.

How to Prepare Frozen Blackberries for Wine:

You can use frozen blackberries for wine-making-all you have to do is thaw them, mash them up as you did the fresh ones, and put them in your primary fermenter. Then you’re good to go!

How to Prepare Blackberry Juice for Wine:

Using juice is easy and requires no preparatory steps, but won’t always have the same depth of blackberry flavor as fresh fruit wine would.

Day 1: Get Started

Mix your prepared berries with boiling water and cool slightly. Stir in the pectic enzyme, yeast nutrient, and acid blend. Let the mixture sit until they are room temperature in a cool location.

Week 1: Primary Fermentation

Stir the mixture with a sanitized spoon. Strain out the leftover blackberry pulp with a clean mesh bag. Before adding yeast, use your hydrometer to measure the specific gravity. You’ll use this later to calculate the % ABV (alcohol by volume) of the blackberry wine.

3 Steps to Use a Hydrometer: 

  1. Sterilize all your equipment. 
  2. Fill a sample jar most of the way with juice mixture. 
  3. Place the hydrometer in the juice mixture and spin it to get rid of air bubbles. Wait until the hydrometer settles and read the number, then add granulated sugar as needed until the wine reaches about 1.090. 

Now, sprinkle the wine yeast over the juice mixture. Within a day or two, you should see carbonation and bubbles-this means your yeast is at work and the wine is fermenting. Blackberry wine tends to ferment violently, so watch it closely during the primary ferment and stir it daily for about a week. 

Week 2: Strain and Move into Glass Carboys

 After a week of primary fermentation is up, use a sanitized siphon to rack the wine into your glass carboys. Put an airlock on each carboy and leave the wine to do a secondary ferment for a month or two.  

Week 8: Racking Stage to Remove Sediment

The racking process isn’t too difficult. The goal is to siphon your wine into another clean carboy but leave any sediment behind. Once you’re done, cap the siphons and allow your homemade blackberry wine to sit for another month to settle out any additional solids.

Week 10: Taste and Check-In

Swiss and French traditions make blackberry wine with high sugar content and a lot of sweetness, but the beauty of wine-making is that the final product is up to you. There are a few flavor tweaks you can make at this point. If the wine is not sweet enough for you, add some sugar syrup. If you prefer a drier wine with a more acidic taste, add just a pinch of tannin powder. 

If you back-sweeten with sugar, make sure to use additional Campden tablets at bottling and Potassium Sorbate to be safe. You don’t want to fermentation to restart after you’ve bottled your wine!

Week 12 to Week 16: Second Racking and Bottling

Man Bottling Wine

If you prefer blackberry wine with more sweetness, bottle it on the early side and add a stabilizer to stop the brewing process and prevent further fermentation. If you prefer dry wine, rack as late as 16 weeks to give the sugars more time to ferment for higher alcohol content.

Before bottling, measure the final specific gravity with your hydrometer using the same process as before. The final gravity of blackberry wine should be around 0.992 to 0.996. If it is much higher, ferment the wine for longer to allow the yeast to convert excess sugar into alcohol. 

Bottling wine is a hands-on process so grab a friend or family member to help. Siphon your wine into clean glass carboys to remove the last bits of sediment, and then siphon the wine into bottles. Put some towels on the floor to catch spills. Then, use your hand corker to seal each bottle. Label and shrink-wrap the wine if you desire, or mark the bottling date on the corks. 

Week 52: Drink the Wine

A common question is, “how long should I age blackberry wine?” The answer really depends on your personal taste. The blackberry wine will taste just fine within a few months from bottling as a sweet wine. However, the flavors will gain complexity and richness with time. Let your wine sit for six months to a year for best flavor. 

You’ve Learned How to Make Blackberry Wine!

Now you’re all set to make blackberry wine. Gather your ingredients, and follow this easy blackberry wine recipe for instructions. The more you make wine the better your results will be, so don’t wait to get started! Consider practicing with Lemberger grapes, Champagne grapes, or even plums.

Still thirsty for more? Then discover our other fruit recipes to stock up your kitchen with nature’s healthy and tasty goodies!

Easy Homemade Blackberry Wine Recipe

Easy Homemade Blackberry Wine Recipe

Yield: 1 gallon
Prep Time: 2 hours 30 minutes
Additional Time: 1 year
Total Time: 1 year 2 hours 30 minutes

This easy blackberry wine recipe will make a delicious, full-bodied wine you are sure to love.


    1. Prepare your berries. Mash fresh berries or thaw frozen berries and put them in your clean primary fermenting bucket. Pour about a gallon of boiling water over them to sterilize the berries and draw out the juice. 
    2. Stir in the pectic enzyme, yeast nutrient, and acid blend. Put the lid and an air lock on the fermenting bucket and allow it to rest until the next morning to about 70 degrees which is ideal for red wine yeast. 
    3. Stir the mixture with a sanitized spoon. Strain out the leftover blackberry pulp with a mesh bag into another sanitized bucket. Add sugar until wine reaches a reading of around 1.090 on your hydrometer.
    4. Sprinkle your yeast over the juice mixture. Check the packet to see exactly how much you will need. Cover the fermenting bucket and make sure your airlock is tight. Within a day or two you should see carbonation and bubbles - this means your yeast is at work and the wine is fermenting. Blackberry wine tends to ferment violently, so watch it closely during the primary ferment and stir it daily for about a week. 
    5. After a week of primary fermentation is up, use a sanitized siphon to rack the wine into your glass carboys. Put air locks on the carboys and leave the wine to do a secondary ferment for a month or two.  
    6. Rack the wine again to get rid of sediment (the small particles that have fallen to the bottom of your wine). This is a good point to taste the wine and make any adjustments necessary.  Let the wine ferment for another few weeks.
    7. When the wine has no more bubbles, sediment, or carbonation it is time for bottling. Take the final gravity of your wine and make sure it tastes how you would like. If you want to stabilize your wine, add the potassium sorbate or campden tablets a few days before bottling. 
    8. Bottle the wine and cork it. Age for about 5 more months
      before tasting. The bottled wine should stay good in a cool, dark place for


The % ABV (alcohol by volume) of your final wine should be between 12 to 15%. To calculate % ABV, subtract original gravity from final gravity and multiply by 131.25.


Wednesday 24th of August 2022

OK, well my aunt the wine maker, made some darn good wine, blackberry, huckleberry, dandelion all turned out lovely. Her recipe was old and simple. Not all those ingredients we see today. 5 pounds berries Mashed, 1 gallon of boiling water poured over the berries. Let stand until cool. Then 3 pounds of sugar dissolved then added. For yeast back then, she took 2 pieces of white bread put them in the toaster until just brown. Tossed them in the liquid covered the container set it a warm place then left it until fermentation stopped. Bottled and put into a dark room.


Saturday 27th of August 2022

Hi Bill! That approach to wine making can work absolutely marvelously... some of the time! Maybe even most of the time for some people.

The sulfites (campden tablets) and sterilization and specific strains of yeast ensure that it can & should work for anyone anywhere who can follow directions!

Happy wine drinking!


Tuesday 3rd of May 2022

Hi, I read that you can sub honey instead of sugar if you are chaptalizing a wine @ a weight ratio of 1:(1.2-1.3). I also read you can pin point the right amount with a hydrometer. I've used honey to make mead with muscadine (grapes with thick skin) and it turned out pretty good. You think that'll work? Any tips?


Saturday 7th of May 2022

I've never tried honey. Sugar is easy and cheap, but I'm sure honey could provide some flavor elements you wouldn't get with white sugar.

Yes, use a hydrometer. I haven't done any research to have enough confidence in a certain ratio, but when I'm chaptalizing, I always go low on the sugar, test with hydrometer and slowly add while verifying the SG until the SG is exactly where I want it.

Doing a calculation, adding it all at once can be disastrous in winemaking! There's no way to get the extra sugar out if you go too far.

Jerry mahony

Monday 15th of November 2021

If making 3 gallons of wine do you add three times the amount of pectic enzyme and yeast nutrient ? Thanks, jerry


Saturday 29th of January 2022

Hi Jerry - Yes you would.

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