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Aronia Berry Wine

It’s berry season and I’m trying a new to me berry this year; Aronia.

The Aronia is native to the Americas, also known as Chokeberry, due to it’s astringency and slightly bitter taste.

It’s not a great berry to pick and eat, but great in wines, jams and syrups. Like most berries, it’s high in antioxidants and bioflavonoids which improve vascular health.

I found some growing locally and decided to try out making a wine; but I’ll have to let you know how it turns out in about a year. Beer is ready in about a week, but to get the fully developed flavor of a wine means waiting at least a year to see how it turns out! Totally different yeasts. And patience level…..

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Aronia Berry Wine

Ingredients

  • 3 lbs. Aronia berries
  • 1/2 lb. raisins
  • 2 lbs. sugar
  • 1 1/2 tsp. yeast nutrient
  • 1 tsp. pectic enzyme
  • wine yeast
  • 1/2 cup orange juice
  • 1 tsp. loose black tea for tannins
  • Campden tablet (Optional)
  • water to one gallon

Directions

Bring one quart of water to a boil and pour over raisins and sugar in primary fermenter/ food grade bucket, stirring until sugar is dissolved. Mash berries with your favorite mashing device.¬†Add to the bucket. Add loose tea and mix. If desired add Campden tablet. Let sit for 24 hours. Add pectic enzyme and yeast energizer. In a cup, pour orange juice (room temperature) and sprinkle yeast over it. Let it sit until the yeast is bubbly and softened and then add to the bucket. Stir with a sterilized spoon (I run the hottest water from the tap over it) once a day for 3-4 days. Strain marc (your wine ) into a carboy and attach airlock. Let ferment for about a week. Rack the wine by siphoning it into a clean carboy. Let ferment again for 3 months. Rack the wine again. Let ferment for another 3 months, and finally bottle the wine. It doesn’t hurt to test your wine to be sure it’s done fermenting. I had a mead pop corks last year and the floor got to drink it…. sad….. The Aronia wine is a beautiful dark blue purple color.

*To update this post, I opened a bottle recently and it turned out well! I’m going to make some more this year.

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2 thoughts on “Aronia Berry Wine

  1. It turned out fairly well! It doesn’t have a very strong aroma, but the taste is pleasant and I’ve found it to be a nice base for further recipes, such as adding currants to make a cassis.

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