How to make homemade cherry wine

Updated March 23, 2017

Wine is a delectable beverage served in many countries and steeped in many rich cultures. Due to its diversified origins, numerous recipes have been concocted to create wine using almost any type of fruit. One distinctive flavour is cherry wine, which offers an interesting variation to traditional wines. For those wine connoisseurs who love cherries, cherry wine is a special delight. You can make your own homemade cherry wine with a simple recipe.

Allow 1 qt. frozen cherries to defrost inside a bowl.

Boil 2 cups of sugar in 1 gallon of water on high heat.

Pour the hot sugar water over the cherries and stir well.

Allow the mixture to cool completely before adding 1 package of Montrachet yeast and stirring well.

Pour the mixture into a jug and seal it tightly before storing it in a dark, cool place (such as a cabinet or basement) to ferment for 2 to 3 weeks. Allow the wine to ferment longer for a wine with a higher alcohol content.

Open the jug of wine after 2 to 3 weeks and strain it through a colander to remove any cherry debris. Pour the liquid back into the jug or into a wine bottle for storage until you are ready to drink it.


This recipe will produce 1 gallon (5 bottles) of wine. Try several types of fresh cherries for different flavours of wine.


Adding yeast to a mixture that is too warm will kill the yeast. Make sure the sugar water and cherries are completely cool before adding the yeast.

Things You'll Need

  • 1 qt. frozen cherries
  • Bowl
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 gallon water
  • 1 package Montrachet yeast
  • Colander
  • Jug
  • Wine bottle
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Kayla Lowe has been a freelance writer since 2008. She writes for various online publications and is also the author of the book "Maiden's Blush," a Christian-fiction romance novel. Lowe is pursuing a degree in elementary education.