OrAnge WiNe – strong and orangy wine

A beautiful orange color and a taste to match the color –  Homemade Orange Wine is a wine to have.!!
By now, you would know that I love to experiment with fruits and making wines. This is one such attempt to make a fruity wine at home. I used good quality oranges to make this. The procedure is the same as the other wines. Although I  was worried about this wine clearing up, I was lucky. The wine cleared up with enchanting results. The color of the wine is mystical.. magical..!!
  • Oranges  – 8
  • Sugar – 2 cups
  • Cloves – 10
  • Water – 1.75 L
  • Yeast – 1Dsp


  • Wash and dry the oranges carefully.
  • Zest the oranges and keep aside. Now cut the orange segments out and crush it well to release the juices.
  • Bring the water to a boiling roll. Pour the water on top of the crushed oranges, zest and sugar. Cool.
  • Into a big demijohn or bharani, add all  the ingredients together and give a good stir.
  • Cover and keep in a dark place for a week stirring everyday.
  • On the 10th day the strain the wine and discard the solids. Keep the liquid for another 20 days without disturbing. Let the haze settle down.
  • You can now bottle the wine and rack it.
  • Wine is best when it matures. However inedible and unpleasant a wine smells at the time of racking, given a maturity period it will taste great. As the cloudiness in the bottle settles and sediments are at the bottom of the bottle, you can strain the wine into another bottle and store.
  • The pleasantly orange flavored wine is ready for a sip.

I  must warn you, this wine gives quite a kick .. and like any fruit wine, is a pleasure to drink…  Since we have always made wine without the use of any chemical products, I can assure you it is 100 %  natural.

Enjoy this drink..!!


  1. Charlotte says:

    I made the orange wine and it has a little bitter taste. (I tasted it after just 1 month).
    This is probably because of the pith in the orange. Is this normal and can I do something to reduce the bitterness and make it more sweet? Thanks

    • Anzz says:

      When we zest the orange care has to be taken that the pith is not used. That lends a bitter aftertaste to the wine. Do try and rack it for a few months. Add some sugar to increase the sweetness and then rack it. Hope this will help solve the issue. Have a great New Year..!

  2. Kristina says:

    Hi! your recipes sound great and i can’t wait to try- just wondering when you say ‘cover’ do i seal the bottle or cover it with something to let the air pass? Thank you!

  3. rishi says:

    hi, currently i m gathering all ingredients but i m having three douts,…
    1) i have dry yeast and on its packet it is written that ‘ to activate yeast take 1/2 cup of luke warm water and sugar and then yeast and then use it after few minuits’ i m confused dat i hav to simply put yeast in brew or first activate and then pour the mixutre?
    2) my friend says that adding egg white to brew will help in making wine more clearer sould i use egg white or not?
    3) sould i keep the lid airtight ar some loose to let air to go out?
    Plz plz plz help me to sought out with this… This quetions…thanks!

    • Anzz says:

      The method given on the packet is correct as that way you can make sure the yeast has proofed. You do that, it will work fine too.
      I have never added egg whites for citrus wines. They are mostly added for grape wines.
      Dont shut the lid on too tight. there shud be some space for the air to circulate, else ur bottle can burst from the pressure built up inside. I would suggest you place the lid on loosely and cover the lid with a muslin cloth to prevent dust and particles from entering.

  4. lisa knight says:

    Hi Anzz have already made your ginger wine and cant wait to try. Now trying orange wine but wanted to check what weight of sugar do I use as I tried to convert from cup to grams but different sites gave different weights. Thanks so much for sharing these nstural receipts.

    • Anzz says:

      Thanx for trying out the wine . I used about 400 gm sugar in the recipe. I normally add suar as per the sweetness of the oranges and how sweet we need it. So feel free to improvise. 🙂

  5. dhanya says:

    i started my preparation of orange wine on 3rd jan 2016. Today i just opened and tasted.Its so……bitter.Should i add more sugar…can u mail me some tips

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