Blueberry Wine Making
Blueberry wine making is extremely popular in the United States and some informal
surveys have it ranked second in popularity only to blackberry in preference.
Using blueberries in blueberry wine making has a lot of advantages both for taste and nutrition.
Blueberries are rich in vitamins A and C along with other essential nutrients. They have lesser content of elements
such as citric acid. Their sugar content is not too powerful and they can be squeezed for juice to be made into
wine or dried. In some cases it is best to use blueberries that have survived a frost as this helps to create an
There is a rumor within wine making that blueberry wine making is next to impossible because blueberries do not
ferment. There is a chemical in blueberries called sorbic acid that many claim cannot bond with yeast to ferment
correctly. While this rumor is prevalent in blueberry wine making it is not at all true, and blueberries
absolutely have the ability to mix with yeast and ferment the juice into a wine. The process does take longer
than some other berries to ferment but in the end the wine that is made is considered one of the best varieties
of wine available.
Finding The Right Berry
Blueberries used for blueberry wine making traditionally come in four different kinds. There is
the dwarf, the lowbush, the highbush, and the swamp variety of blueberry for blueberry wine making. For the best
tasting blueberry wine making you should probably find a variety of lowbush blueberry commonly referred to as
vaccinium angustifolium. This variety of blueberry is the most common found in your local store or sold at your
farmer’s market so in order to get the most out of your blueberry wine making you may want to consider purchasing
your blueberries from a market. Using wild blueberries in blueberry wine making may yield results that you had not
intended and you probably will not like.
Blueberry wine making is not a slow process at all. After creating the desired
mixture you need to stir it continually for up to 6 days. After you are done stirring it for nearly a week it then
needs to ferment for up to three months before you can start the aging process. The aging process can take up to a
year. So if you start your blueberry wine making now you just may be able to sample your first product in fifteen
months or so. Take your time, because if you do it wrong it will be fifteen months before you can try a new