Generally, the term “Wine” is used exclusively for wines made from grapes. But do you know that there are wines made from fruits other than grapes? Actually, almost any fruit can be made into a wine by allowing the juice to ferment. So get ready to savour new fruity flavours these wines offer.
Fruit wines are fermented alcoholic beverages made from a variety of fruits (other than grapes); they may also have additional flavors taken from fruits, flowers, and herbs. Most fruits and berries have the potential to produce wine. Few fruits other than grapes have the balanced quantities of sugar, acid, tannin, and water to naturally produce a stable, drinkable wine, so most of the fruit wines are adjusted in one or more respects at fermentation. Some fruit wine is made exclusively from one type of fruit, others are made from a blend of different fruits and some wines include grapes in the blend. Wine styles include dry, sweet, still, sparkling, ice wine and fortified fruit wine. Most fruit wines, regardless of their style or method of production, are best consumed when young and fresh. With fruit wine, the maturation period is much shorter than with grape wine (one to six months).
Tropical Fruit Wines
The delicious fruits you find on many tropical islands and coasts are used to make wines. These fruits include banana, guava, watermelon, pineapple, mango, kiwi, pomegranate, etc. Pineapple wine offers a sweet flavour with a bit of zest. Banana wine has a strong fruit flavour, and it goes well with seafood. Mango wine is slightly sweet and highly fragrant, and it pairs well with Asian cuisine.
Most fruit wines are white, but some tropical fruit wines have rich, dark colours. Watermelon wine has an attractive melon colour and a light finish. Guava wine is amber in colour, and its flavour profile is a blend of lemon, pears, pineapple and strawberries. Kiwi wine is a deep gold, and its crisp taste goes well with seafood.