A Tiger Barn Cattery Wine Recipe

This quince wine recipe is hard work without a pulper. Considering the rarity of mature quince trees it's worth using a kitchen multichef to grate them up before boiling and if you have a quince tree in the vicinity, try making some quince jelly too. They are both remarkable. Quince jelly is the original marmalade before we had access to oranges.

25 Quinces
1 gallon of water
2-3 Lbs sugar
2 lemons, one grated zest both lots of juice
1 tsp Pectolase
1/2 litre of White Aldi Rio D'Oro grape juice
1 tsp TronOzymol
Lalvin Champagne Yeast EC-1118

This quince wine recipe smells amazing already.

A rule is of thumb is as always: Only add as much sugar as you need to reach an SG of say 1.080 - 1.085 and that will almost guarantee a dry ferment at 12%.


I have my own Quince tree in the garden but it's too young to get fruity with the bees so I tap my friend down at the Rectory who has one of the best producing quince trees in Somerset, (even though I only know 2 others), but he also has the most majestic looking medlar, which must be a couple of hundred years old and the fruit actually ripens on the branch because of the position for the sun. That was rare in Shakespearian times it must be pretty unique in the UK these days :)

I got to the Quince late, I knew they were ripe but had so much to do in the cattery I couldn't leave to pick the windfalls before they were cleared away so I was 20 foot up on a ladder for this wine.

Thursday October 13th 2011

Picked the last 25 Quinces from Don's tree down at the Rectory in Lovington.
Took the Quinces to Chris and cored them then used his pulper to grate them up
Boiled the grated quince for 15 mins in 1 gallon of water
Strained mixture into a primary
Added 2 Lbs 4 Oz sugar (SG: 1.066)
Grated lemons into primary and squeezed the juice in
Added 1tsp TronOzymol

At room temp, added 1 tsp Pectolase

Friday October 14th 2011 AM

Montrachet or champagne?
Added activated yeast … Lalvin Champagne Yeast EC-1118

Sunday October 16th 2011

Strained into demijohn and racked when clear


Saturday November 5th

SG: 0.992


Saturday November 19th

SG: 0.992


Aging in the demijohn