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A tall glass of fruit punch-coloured stone fruit wine, next to a peach, a plum, and a few cherries.
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Homemade Stone Fruit Wine

When you find yourself with extra peaches, plums, apricots, nectarines, and/or cherries on hand ... make some stone fruit wine! Here's how.
Prep Time3 hrs
Cook Time1 hr
Resting time120 d
Total Time120 d 4 hrs
Course: Beverage
Cuisine: French
Servings: 1 Gallon
Calories: 5790kcal
Author: Marie Porter


Large pot
Slotted Spoon
2 gallon fermenter bucket and lid
1 air lock and stopper
Long spoon / paddle
2 1 gallon carboys
Siphon, siphon tubing.



  • Wash fruit. Pit everything and chop into small chunks.
  • Add fruit to a large pot. Add sugar, stir well. Cover and let it sit for a few hours, stirring every once in a while.
  • After about 2-3 hours, the sugar should have nicely macerated the fruit. Add As much of the water as your pot can handle, bring ALMOST to a boil.
  • Once water starts bubbling, turn the temp to low and simmer for 1 hour. Think more “keep it warm”, than any kind of active simmer. You want to kill off any wild yeast, not make jam!
  • While the pot is simmering, prepare your fermenter bucket:
  • Wash and sanitize a 2 gallon plastic fermenter, lid, stopper, and air lock.
  • Place raisins, acid blend, yeast nutrient, and pectic enzyme into the plastic fermenter.
  • Affix the stopper to the lid of the fermenter, cover and set aside.
  • Once the hour is up, remove from heat, allow to cool. It doesn’t have to be all the way to room temperature, just cool enough that if it splashes on you, it won’t hurt - that’s a good guideline!
  • Carefully pour stone fruit and water into the fermenter. Top up with any remaining water.
  • Affix air lock to lid, cover the bucket, and allow to fully cool over night. For the sake of consistency in readings - and therefore accuracy in ABV calculations - this should be done where you plan to let the wine ferment for the next few months - usually a basement.
  • The next morning, check the Specific Gravity and write it down in your notes, along with the date.
  • Add yeast to the fermenter bucket, stir with a long, sanitized spoon. Affix the lid, allow to sit for 24 hours.
  • The next day, check to make sure that the yeast has started fermenting - there should be bubbles in the airlock, and/or foam in the liquid.
  • Put the lid back on, allow to ferment for one week.
  • After a week or so, use your sanitized siphon setup to rack the must into a freshly sanitized carboy. Put the carboy somewhere cool (not cold!), and leave it alone for a month or so.
  • Using sanitized equipment, rack the stone fruit wine off the sediment, into a clean, freshly sanitized carboy. Cap with sanitized airlock, leave it alone for another 1 month.
  • Rack one more time, leave it for another 2 months or so.
  • When your wine has been racked a few times and shows NO more fermenting activity for a month or so (no bubbles in the airlock, no more sediment being produced, you can move on to bottling.
  • Follow the instructions on your selected type of wine stabilizer to stop fermentation from restarting. For potassium sorbate, this needs to be done 2-3 days before bottling.
  • Using sanitized equipment, take a gravity reading if applicable, then back sweeten as desired, using sanitized equipment.
  • Using sanitized equipment, rack the wine into clean, sanitized bottles. Cork.


Software generates nutritional information based on the ingredients as they start, and is unable to account for the sugars consumed in the fermentation process.
As such, the calories, sugars, and carbs are shown WAY higher than reality. Additionally, the listed value is for the entire recipe, NOT per serving.


Calories: 5790kcal | Carbohydrates: 1488g | Protein: 21g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 219mg | Potassium: 4529mg | Fiber: 33g | Sugar: 1436g | Vitamin A: 5915IU | Vitamin C: 124mg | Calcium: 311mg | Iron: 8mg