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Fruit Wine History

Fruit Wine History

Nature has been making wine for thousands of years. The conversion of fruit into alcohol is a process that happens quite organically. All sugar naturally ferments and humans have merely fine tuned the system to suit their preferences, especially when it comes to wine. The grape is not the only fruit that is capable of making wine. Our ancestors realized this and created wines from herbs, peaches, apricots, strawberries, cherries, or even flowers.

Fruit wines were especially prolific because they could be easily plucked from the backyard and were abundantly flavorful. If you liked strawberries there was a good chance you would like strawberry wine. Fruit wines also mature much faster than grape wines and can be enjoyed much earlier.

Fruit is available nearly everywhere. Whether it’s grown in the backyard or by a local farmer, getting fruit for fruit wine isn’t difficult. Have too much fruit? Freeze it. If the harvest is too plentiful don’t be wasteful, freeze your extra fruit for later or use it to top off your wine.

Grape Wine Vs Fruit Wine

Compared to fruit wines, grape wines are much easier to make. They don’t require many of the extra additions it takes to create an excellent fruit wine -- like more sugar, more water or more tannins. Gathering enough fruit and turning it into a pulp can also be a bit of a chore. Processing fruit for fruit wine involves peeling, pitting, slicing, crushing and then mixing with a sugar/water solution. It’s labor intensive and will take some time.

The technical aspect of making fruit wine is also a little more complicated than grape wine because fruits have a much more variable nature. Grape winemakers often work through recipes with measurements of teaspoons, cups, and gallons. This method dependably produces decent wine. To successfully turn fruit into wine, the studious winemaker must be constantly vigilant to ensure they finish completely. If making fruit wine seems a bit too daunting, fruit wine purees can alleviate a lot of the guesswork and stress.

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  1. Master Vintner® Wine Making Starter Kit - with Fermenter and Secondary
    Announcing a partnership of epic proportions—Master Vintner® and winemaking authority Tim Vandergrift have combined forces to bring you the ultimate winemaking starter kit. The Master Vintner® Wine Starter Kit is the most comprehensive winemaking starter kit on the planet—equipped with all the tools you need to make top-quality wine in a fraction of the time. The crystal-clear Big Mouth Bubbler® PET Fermentor instantly shows you how your primary fermentation is progressing. Graduated gallon markings give you accurate volumes without ever taking a measurement. The ported lid, sized to fit all your tools, lets you test, transfer and taste your wine during primary without removing the lid. A convenient punted bottom ensures you transfer clear wine from the get-go so you don’t have to fuss over clarifying later. Please note: when making 6 gallon kits that include wine skins, a larger fermentor must be used, such as the 7.9 gallon wine fermentor. Find our full line of Wine Making equipment here. Learn More
  2. Master Vintner® Fresh Harvest™ Fruit Winemaking Kit
    $49.99

    Making homemade fruit wine with Fresh Harvest® is simple, enjoyable and requires very little time. Master Vintner quick tips make learning clear and fun. With a bookful of exciting recipes, you can easily craft colorful additions to any wine rack. Best of all, fruit wine matures faster than grape wine so you can enjoy exotic flavors in a fraction of the time. Learn More
  3. Shiraz - Master Vintner™ Winemaker's Reserve™
    $84.99

    Master Vintner™ Shiraz makes 6 gallons of earthy, rich, velvety red wine with flavors of black fruits hints of bittersweet chocolate, plums, black cherries and blackberries that linger on to a long finish. Learn More
  4. Zinfandel White - Master Vintner™ Winemaker's Reserve™
    $84.99

    Produced from the red Zinfandel grape, short skin contact gives this wine its gorgeous pink hue. Learn More
  5. Sommelier Select™ Chilean Malbec
    $149.99

    Chile's endless coastline and steep hillsides capture the Pacific climate for the world's most perfect growing conditions. This Malbec expresses deep garnet intensity and robust tannin. Rich and juicy the ripe, red fruit, gives way to cinnamon spice. Toasty oak balances vanilla and honey on the finish. Yield: 6 Gallons Learn More
  6. Sommelier Select™ Old Vine Merlot
    $149.99

    Old vines produce intense, concentrated grapes. This Merlot goes past plum, raspberry, and strawberry fruit, to dense blackcurrant, pepper and spice. The full body and lush, integrated tannins enfold deep oak notes of smoke and toast. The full, elegant finish goes on long after the last sip is gone. Yield: 6 Gallons Learn More
  7. Blackberry Pinot Noir - Master Vintner™ Tropical Bliss
    $69.99

    A bold but subtle combination of Pinot Noir and rich, ripe blackberry, this wine is silky smooth in the mouth, with the cherry/berry spice of Pinot giving it a juicy, sappy finish. Learn More
  8. Master Vintner Tropical Bliss Tropical Fruit Sauvignon Blanc - 6 Gallon
    $69.99

    Crisp, refreshing Sauvignon Blanc, infused with the aromatic fruits of the Caribbean Islands—coconut, lime, mango, in a light-but-luscious wine that pairs well with grilled fish but it rich enough to enjoy with nothing but a sunny day and feet dipped into a pool. Learn More

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