Every now and then, an adventurous soul will ask me about making strawberry wine (you can learn about making strawberry wine on the Strawberry Wine Recipe page). Invariably, one of the first questions asked is, “What are the best strawberries for making for making strawberry wine?” After all, it all begins with the strawberries!
Best Strawberries for Wine: Background
Strawberries are uniquely suited for making “consume-me-now” wines. Unlike wines made from grapes, aging doesn’t improve the body of many strawberry wines. Additionally, the relatively high sugar content of virtually all strawberries makes most strawberry varieties suitable for wine making. Grapes, on the other hand, are highly variable. Some grape varieties are noble, and some are, well, not. By no means are all grapes equal when it comes to wines. And, to be fair, all strawberries are not equal either; it is just that the variability is much less, making most strawberry varieties acceptable choices.