There could not be a simple question than this one. Well, traditionally, the word ‘wine’ is considered to be a type of liquor which is made from fermentation of the grapes. And, fruit wines are the ones which are made from different types of fruits, other than grapes, and also from herbs and flowers. These types of wines further add to the variety of wines and are quite popular in Australia for a niche segment of customers. In practice, the fruit wine can be made from any plant part which can be fermented. So, these have a much wider connotation.
While it is theoretically possible to make fruit wines from any part of the plant which can be fermented, there are not many plants which have the required ingredients in right mix. Very few plants have balanced levels of acid, tannin, sugar, growth nutrients for yeast and other elements which can be considered suitable for making wines.
You would have certainly drunk the cider, which is nothing but ‘Apple Wine’. Plum is another popular fruit used for making wine in China, Korea, Japan and Vietnam. These two fruits are used for making wines on commercial scale.
Besides, there are a number of other fruits which are used for making wines from different fruit varieties in Australia. The Ohana winery wines are made from mango, lychee, pineapple, dragonfruit and even rose. So, there is no end to the variety of fruit wines. Similarly, a number of other boutique wineries, which produce wines from small estates and in small quantities produce their own fruit wines.
Fruit wines are liked by wine drinkers for their different flavours and aromas and for trying something different and special.