Date Wine

This date wine is a medium to sweet wine. It is a great old fashioned wine, more like a sweet sherry than anything else. It is also great for Christmas.

  • Ingredients

  • 500g raisins
  • 1.5kg sugar
  • High Alcohol yeast
  • Pectolase
  • Yeast Nutrient


  1. Chop up the figs and raisins and put into a clean food grade bucket.
  2. Pour 4 pints of boiling water over the fruit and add the sugar.
  3. Leave overnight covered with a clean cloth
  4. On the next day add the rest of the ingredients and 2 pints of cold water.
  5. It should start bubbling within 24 hours.
  6. Stir and mash about a couple of times a day
  7. After 5 days strain off through a coarse straining bag.
  8. Place the liquid into a clean demijohn and top up to the shoulders with cold water. Fit an airlock and leave the wine to fermentĀ  at room temperature. In colder months you may want to consider using a Brewbelt. This may take a few days or a couple of weeks depending on the temperature.
  9. When the bubbles stop coming through the airlock, or slow down to about one every 2 minutes test the wine.
  10. You can use a hydrometer or just taste it, if you like the taste go on to the next step. If you think it’s too sweet, hard luck because we warned you before you started! If too dry you could add more sugar and go for even more alcohol. Just add 50grams of sugar at a time until it really stops fermenting. But you won’t usually get much more in!
  11. Add 1 campden tablet and potassium sorbate.
  12. Leave to clear.
  13. When clear, syphon into a clean demijohn or bottle your wine ready for drinking.
  14. If it’s too dry you can always sweeten it a little more with sugar but make sure that it doesn’t start fermenting again. Leave it a couple of weeks then add a campden before bottling.

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