Elderflower Wine Recipe

Summer is here and the elderflowers are out! Why not try making this simple and delicious elderflower wine recipe tried and tested by our homebrew expert Andrew.




  • Pick the elderflowers on a sunny day, when all the separate flowers are fully open. Avoid collecting them from roadsides or below waist height.

TIP: Trim the flowers from the heads with scissors, avoiding any green stems, as these can cause a bitter taste.

TIP: Use steriliser to clean any equipment you use to avoid bacteria ruining your wine.

  • Add the raisins OR concentrate, sugar and lemon juice.
  • When cooled to approximately 20ºC, add the tannin, nutrient and yeast.
  • Cover and leave in a warm place to ferment up to seven days.
  • Strain into a clear demi-john, fit an air lock with a bored bung and leave to ferment.
  • When it begins to clear, rack (siphon) into a clear demi-john, leaving any sediment behind.
  • Rack again after two months, and bottle when crystal clear.