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Garden Wines. or You made wine out of what ??!!. Martina Paetzel MedPretzel Wine Recipe Moderator. Overview. Golden Rule of Garden Winemaking Research Edible vs. Medicinal Wines Spices & Herbs in Home Winemaking Using Good Judgment Inspiration Your Garden Wine Approach

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garden wines

Garden Wines


You made wine out of what??!!

Martina Paetzel


Wine Recipe Moderator

  • Golden Rule of Garden Winemaking
  • Research
  • Edible vs. Medicinal Wines
  • Spices & Herbs in Home Winemaking
  • Using Good Judgment
  • Inspiration
  • Your Garden Wine Approach
  • General Recipe
  • Other Points
  • Question & Answer (??)
golden rule of winemaking when in doubt about any characteristic of a plant do not use it
Golden Rule of Winemaking:When in doubt about any characteristic of a plant, do not use it!

There are more inedible plants than edible ones!


Not: Hemerocallis hybrida Stella D’oro

Example: Daylilies

Hemerocallis fulva

research research research
Research, research, research!
  • discussion forum (
  • Jack Keller’s Winemaking Website (
  • Library, extension agency
  • The Joy of Home Winemaking by Terry Garey
  • First Steps in Winemakingby C.J.J. Berry
  • Handout
edible vs medicinal wines
Edible vs. medicinal wines
  • Most plants have some medicinal qualities to them, but are still safe
    • Chamomile - calming
    • Garlic - circulatory
    • Dandelion - calming
  • Do not use purely medicinal plants!
    • Digitalis purpurea (foxglove)
    • Convallaria majalis (lily of the valley)
    • Atropoa belladonna (deadly nightshade)


  • Allergies
not sure about a plant don t use it
Not sure about a plant?Don’t use it!

Remember the Golden Rule of Garden Winemaking!

don t be afraid to use spices herbs
Don’t be afraid to use spices & herbs!
  • Each herb, spice, or petal gives its unique flavor to a wine.
  • You can grow them anywhere
  • Herbs can be an eye-pleasing addition to your flower garden!
  • If you like the smell, taste or color of an herb, you might like the wine made out of it!
use good judgment
Use good judgment!
  • If you are unsure about any property of a plant, herb, or spice, do not use it.
  • And use your sense of smell!
  • Do not use too much!
  • If it doesn’t sound like a good idea, it probably isn’t.
don t be biased
Don’t be biased!
  • Not just novelty wines or marinades!
  • A few examples:
  • Chrysanthemum & Chicken
  • Tomato-Basil & Pizza
  • Daylily or Chocolate Mint
  • Sage or Rosemary-Nutmeg
  • Juniper
keep your eyes open for inspiration
Keep Your Eyes Open for Inspiration!
  • Cook books
  • Bouquet of flowers
  • Favorite foods
  • Salad dressings
  • Herbal teas
your garden wine approach
Your Garden Wine Approach

This will give you a general idea what your unusual wine will taste like!

  • Glass 2:
    • Add wine (ratio 1:1)
    • Add sugar, acid, tannin
    • Take good notes!

1. Make 2 cups of herb tea

2. Split into 2 glasses

3. Let cool

  • Glass 1:
    • Check for color, clarity, aroma, & taste
    • Do not dump it!
    • Add sugar, acid, tannin
    • Take good notes!

Optional: Glass 3: Add both cups together

general wine recipe
General Wine Recipe

for 1 gallon of fantastic garden wine!

  • 2 quarts of fresh garden harvest, loosely packed
  • Water to 1 gallon
  • 1 crushed Campden tablet, or equivalent
  • 1 tsp acid blend
  • 1 tsp yeast nutrient
  • 1 tsp yeast energizer
  • 1/4 tsp pectic enzyme
  • Optional - tannin
  • 1 can of Welch’s White Grape Concentrate
  • 2 pounds of sugar (to an SG of 1.085)
  • 1 package of wine yeast
  • Lalvin 72B-1122
  • Red Star Montrachet
  • Champagne Yeast
  • Lalvin EC-1118
  • Côte des Blancs
  • Red Star Premier Cuvee
some words about garden wines
Some Words about Garden Wines
  • Dried herbs/petals
  • Aging
  • Color
  • Have fun, be creative!
  • Remember the golden rule of garden winemaking!
  • Don’t knock it til you’ve tried it!
take home message
Take-Home Message

If any property of a plant is questionable to you,

do not use it.

thank you
Thank you!

If you have any questions, feel free to ask me!