Olive Wines, Sherries, and/or Meads

Autumn Olive Wine

April 5, 2001
  • 4-5 pounds Autumn olive fruit
  • 2 lbs granulated sugar
  • 1-1/4 tsp yeast nutrient
  • 1/4 tsp tannin
  • 1 crushed Campden tablet
  • 1 tsp pectic enzyme.
  • 3 qts water
  • Lalvin RC212 (Bourgovin) wine yeast

Put 2 qts water on to boil. Meanwhile, wash and cull fruit for soundness. Put fruit in nylon straining bag, tie closed, and place in primary container. Bruise fruit by squashing with hands or a piece of hardwood, being careful not to crack seed. Pour boiling water over fruit and cover primary. Combine remaining water with sugar and stir until dissolved–may heat the water to aid in dissolving sugar. Add sugar-water to primary, replace cover and set aside to cool. When room temperature, stir in tannin, yeast nutrient and crushed Campden. Replace cover and set aside for 12 hours. Stir in pectic enzyme and again cover primary and set aside. After 12 hours, add activated yeast and again cover the primary. Stir twice daily until s.g. drops to 1.015 (1-2 weeks). Remove nylon straining bag, squeezing well to extract juice. Allow to settle and rack to secondary and fit airlock. Wait 30 days, then rack, top up and refit airlock. Repeat when wine clears. Allow another 60 days under airlock. Stabilize, sweeten to taste if desired, wait 10 days, and rack into bottles. Age six months before tasting. Improves with age. [Author’s own recipe]