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Fruit Wines: The Journey back in time

History of fruit winemaking dates back to the 50000 years, first fruit wines were made from the figs, dates and watermelons and were produced in the Mesopotamian valley. These early wines were thick, syrupy and sweet with alcoholic content reaching as high as 30%. This generation of winemakers used palatable herbs which included pepper, honey, resin, oregano and other spices to make it more edible. This standard of fruit wine is undrinkable in today’s world were sophisticated wine crafting art is cultivated with the modern distilleries and fermenting equipment’s. Many wine vocals may insist that real wine can only be made from grapes even though fruit wines have maintained great popularity throughout history.

The famous artist, engineer and true pioneer Leonardo da Vinci is known to store large stock of fruit wine made up of fig and peach to his collection. We can even find the references of wine in Rigveda one of the most respected text on Hindu literature mentions of wine being prepared and stored in the barrel. A great many people in England and the United States continue to bottle their own fruit wine at home, many small wineries continue to produce their own wines at home made from apples, pears and other fruits. Number of rural restaurants bottle and sell the wines made from whatever fruit happens to grow in nearest orchard.
Fruit wines can be prepared from any fruit that has the potential for being fermented. Most of the berries and fleshy fruits are suitable for wine crafting. There are various methods for extracting flavours and juices from the fruits and spices being used. The general process of wine crafting includes pressing the fruit to extract juices, then stew them to get desired flavours and later on fermenting this pulp. Very few fruits except grapes have the right balance quantities of sugar, acid, tannin, and nutritive salts for yeast feeding and produce a bottle of quality wine. The right balance of sugar is required for yeast to convert it to alcohol and get a palatable and distinct wine.
The grape wine is ubiquitous and has received attention across the globe, and high content of sugar which results in 10-14 % alcohol are more stable. Yet, fruit wines are gaining popularity with a high level of market acceptance. This inclination towards fruit wines is because of consumer’s attraction towards new and innovative wines. Fruit wines are full-bodied and tend to be on a sweeter side which is a perfect match to spicy Indian cuisines. In a digitized world full of distractions where life is challenging without a cellphone, the wine becomes the first gateway. Undisturbed, The silent gift of nature, vines have satiated the need for juicy berries and ultimate wine. Every sip of wine you experience takes you back in the time when the juicy fruits were picked, a moment gone can be recaptured to forge a bond lasting and profound. They bring you the pleasure of life, legacy and luxury carried forward with the metamorphosis which fruits undergo themselves.

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