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Nettle Wine


  • 4 pints fresh nettle tips – young tips. The best are collected late morning in spring
  • 1 lb raisins
  • 3 1/2 lbs sugar
  • Juice of 2 lemons
  • 8 pints water
  • Wine yeast
  • 1 teaspoon yeast nutrient
  • 1 campden tablet

Wash fresh nettle tips and add to a saucepan of boiling water, together with the lemon juice. Allow the nettle mixture to simmer for around 30 minutes and then strain the liquor into a winemaking fermentation container. Top up with boiling water to make 8 pints and then add all, except for the yeast, of the remaining ingredients. Mix thoroughly, making sure that all of the sugar has dissolved and allow to stand for 12 hours.

Activate the wine yeast and add to the mixture, stirring each morning and evening for three days. Strain the fermenting nettle ‘must’ and pour into a clean demijohn, fitting an airlock. Rack after six weeks, and then rack again at around five months and yet again at eight months. When the nettle wine is one year old the clarity should be good and all fermentation should have completely stopped. At this stage, siphon the nettle wine into bottles and stand for six months to one year.

Other recipes can be found at The Wine Making Home Page and the distilling downloads page.

5 comments to Nettle Wine

  • half

    and if you can’t wait that long make nettle beer instead.

  • Skean Dhude

    Nettle beer? Have you a recipe?

  • Skean Dhude

    Found two recipes which I have put in the downloads page

  • zenboy

    i keep hearing that you need young nettles…….i noticed the other day that i had loads of new nettles growing in my garden……i thought about it for a while and realised that they had grown up from the carnage where i had strimmed 2 weeks before…….easy really … nettles all summer..t

  • Skean Dhude


    Fresh young nettles are recommended. Most recipes, including the one above, specify them. Take advantage of your growth and make something with them. At the very worst compost them in your tubes.

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