How to Make Courgette Wine


Courgettes are not just good in ratatouille, they can also be made into a delicious wine.  So if you have a lot of surplus from your harvest, this is one way you can use your courgettes.

What you would need to make this recipe are:

~ 4 lbs of Courgettes, chopped

~ 2 lemons, juiced

~ 1 orange, juiced

~ 6 oz of sliced raisins

~ 1 oz of ginger

~ 2 lbs of sugar

~ 1 teaspoon of yeast nutrient

~ a gallon of water

Start by putting the chopped courgettes in a nylon straining bag and placing them in the bucket of water where you plan to ferment them.

Boil the water for a few minutes or until the courgettes have been cooked.  Turn off the heat and allow the water to cool to room temperature before pouring the lemon and orange juice.  Add the yeast nutrient.

Leave the mixture in the primary to ferment for a week remembering to press down the cap at least twice a day.

Strain the mixture, add the sugar (you can also add ginger and other spices at this point) and transfer to a demijohn to continue the fermentation process for at least six months.

It would have a better taste though if you allow it to ferment for a year.  The alcohol content may even reach as much as 10 percent.

Needs a good year to be good, but its drinkable in 6 months.

4 Responses to “How to Make Courgette Wine”

  1. wendy says:

    thanks for the great recipe.

    can i ask what is probably a silly question- I am new to wine making!- when i leave the water to ferment in the bucket for a week, do I leave the courgettes in there as well, or do i take them out before i add the lemon juice?

    also, what is the purpose of pressing down on the cap? i have a fermenting bin which doesnt have a cap- so i was wondering, if the purpose was just to release pressure, i could just open the lid a couple of times a day instead?

    all advice gratefully received.

  2. wendy says:

    also, there is no mention of when you put the raisins in? thanks

  3. Nicnac says:

    There’s no mention of yeast here, only yeast nutrient. What sort of yeast should I use and when should it be added?

  4. sylvia says:

    my courgette wine been in demijohns a week and is not fermenting