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Fruit Wine Master Recipe

Start a wine brewing adventure with this easy, cheap, and delicious base recipe leaving plenty of room for experimentation.

| May 2019


This wine is made using one of the simplest recipes possible. All you need is juice, sugar and yeast.

For this version, I reconstitute three cans of frozen Concord grape juice concentrate, but you can use any bottled or frozen grape juice that does not contain preservatives or added sugars.

A warning: this tends to be a very aggressive, bubbling ferment! You may want to put your carboy in a place where you don’t mind sticky, sweet fruit juice seeping out of the airlock. You can set your vigorously fermenting jugs on a towel in the bathtub with the shower curtain closed overnight, or in a plastic storage bin if you have one large enough. If the airlock gets filled with bubbles and wine, simply clean it, sanitize it and replace it until the fermentation calms down.


  • 1 gal (3.8 L) grape juice, divided
  • 1 cup (200 g) sugar
  • 1/2 packet (2.5 g) Lalvin K1-V116 yeast


1.) Gather and sanitize equipment: Gather your ingredients and sanitize your supplies. You’ll need a gallon (3.8-L) carboy, a funnel and a bung and airlock.

2.) Make the brew: Pour 1/2 gallon (1.9 L) of the grape juice into the carboy. Add the sugar to the remaining 1/2 gallon (1.9 L) juice in the original bottle, close it and shake it until the sugar is completely dissolved.



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