Fruit wines and sparkling fruit wines are made from ingredients other than grapes. Aromatised wines are at least partially made from grapes, but berries or berry extract, or fruits or fruit extract, have been added to give flavour.
Sparkling fruit wines often have currant, gooseberry and citrus flavours. In fruit wines, you can discern notes of apple, pear, blueberry, raspberry, cranberry or blackcurrant. Aromatised wines can be flavoured with strawberry, passion fruit, orange, raspberry, grapefruit or pear. The flavour is typically medium-sweet or sweet, and the wine can be fizzy or bubbly.
Sparkling fruit wines, fruit wines and aromatised wines are perfect for socialising, as aperitifs or in mixed drinks and punches.
Try them in cocktails or punches, and choose the berry or fruit that you like the most. You can adjust the alcohol content by adding spirits, liquor, sparkling water, tonic or juice. Decorate with the season’s berries, fruits and herbs.
Serve these wines well-chilled, at 8–10°C. Chilling a bottle from room temperature to the perfect serving temperature takes about three hours in a fridge.
Especially aromatised wines, as well as wines containing berries or fruit pulp, should be served well-chilled. If they are too warm, they can foam out of the bottle once opened.