If you love all things pumpkin spice, why not try a glass of pumpkin wine? This unique, seasonal beverage that offers earthy notes from the pumpkin, and touches of sweetness from added spices like cinnamon, nutmeg, and vanilla.
It’s the perfect thing to sip on a crisp autumn evening while enjoying foliage. Saying goodbye to summer is always a little bittersweet, but these wines will make the change of season taste irresistibly delicious.
What is Pumpkin Wine?
You’ll only be able to sip this festive brew a few months out of the year, but this seasonal treat is well worth the wait. Pumpkin wine is in fact made from actual pumpkins — often ones that are grown especially with the intent of making them into a fermented drink.
The pumpkins are cleaned, peeled and usually chopped into pieces. Some pumpkin wine recipes use a pumpkin puree instead, but these bits of pumpkin flesh get fermented. After the primary fermentation, pumpkin wines are usually aged in a second fermentation vessel to help bring out the flavors and aromas.
In order to help bring those flavors out even more, cinnamon sticks, nutmeg, cloves, and vanilla are commonly added. You might also find some subtle notes of fresh ginger and brown sugar. All of these flavors help to give the wine a warm, autumnal character.
What does Pumpkin Wine Taste Like?
Because winemakers can be a bit expressive and creative with the flavors they infuse these witchy brews with, two glasses of pumpkin wine can taste pretty different from one another. No matter which of the festive brew you try in this guide, you’ll definitely be able to taste the front notes of pumpkin, but similarities might stop there.
While one might be heavily spiced and have sweet notes – not unlike an actual slice of pumpkin pie – another might be a bit more dry and taste a bit more reminiscent of a Chardonnay. Most of these festive, fruity wines tend to have a medium to full body, though, which can make them feel rich and slightly viscous on the palate.
Whether you’re leaning more towards the sweet options, or even reaching for an off-dry pick, pumpkin wines are usually enjoyed as a dessert wine. Personally, I think they taste best after a large Thanksgiving feast. Preferably with a slice of warm pumpkin pie!
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Leelanau Cellars’ Witches Brew
As a proud native Michigander, I’m thrilled to share that Leelanau Cellars’ Witches Brew is one of the best pumpkin wines out there. It’s so good, it was even featured on the TODAY Show!
If you’re someone who enjoys sweet, tangy, traditional Autumn spices, you’ll love this option. The aromas draw you into the glass with intoxicating notes of apple, ginger, and clove. Plus, you can enjoy chilled OR warmed in your favorite seasonal mug!
Three Lakes Winery Pumpkin Wine
If you’re someone who’s only looking for a semi-sweet option, Three Lakes Winery has the perfect bottle for you. It’s more like a traditional Chardonnay, and the smooth, semi-sweet finish makes this unique, seasonal option a surprising crowd pleaser.
Woodbury Winery Pumpkin Pie
For those of you who gravitate towards red wines, Woodbury Winery makes a sweet red wine this time of year that’s infused with strong, pumpkin pie spices. The flavors will jump out at you, and are sure to surprise your family and friends this holiday season.
Wine Haven Pumpkin Wine
This popular Fall Favorite is finally back in stock! This pumpkin brew features hints of cinnamon, nutmeg and ginger – reminiscent of pumpkin pie. If you ask them, it’s the perfect wine to pair with your turkey dinner!
Hardwick Winery Pioneer Pumpkin
Also bottled in Massachusetts, Hardwick Winery’s Pioneer Pumpkin is another great pick for anyone looking for something that’s not too sweet. This off-dry hybrid white wine is made with pumpkin and autumn spices, and features a lot less added sugars than most of the wines on this list.
Duplin Winery Pump’kin
If you’re looking for subtle blends of cinnamon, clove, and nutmeg with a smooth finish, Duplin Winery’s Pum’kin is a surprisingly great pair for so many different dishes. They actually recommend deglazing your steak skillet with a splash of Pum’kin to create a truly unforgettable and delicious pan sauce.
Prairie Berry Pumpkin Bog
For a glass of wine that’s bursting with the fresh flavors of fall, Pumpkin Bog is a slightly sweet blend of South Dakota pumpkins and bright cranberries. Unlike other festive, fruity wines that feature lots of spices, you won’t find any kind of pumpkin spice in this glass!
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Frequently Asked Questions
Is there a pumpkin flavored wine?
Yes! While they’re not common, and you can usually only find it a few months out of the year, pumpkin wine is a real thing! Some of the options you’ll find in this guide are more of a pumpkin spice wine, and others feature more subtle flavors.
Can you ferment pumpkin into alcohol?
Yes! Pumpkins can be fermented to make pumpkin wines! You can usually only find these wines during the Autumn months, though.
What kind of wine goes with pumpkin pie?
If you really want to accentuate the pumpkin flavors, you can pair your pumpkin pie with pumpkin wine! Personally, I’m a big fan of Leelanau Cellars’ Witches Brew – which can be enjoyed chilled or warm in a mug!