How to Make Bignay Wine

According to BPI bignay is a small, smooth, dioecious tree, 4 to 10 meters high. The leaves are shiny, oblong, 8 to 20 centimeters in length, pointed at the tip, and rounded or pointed at the base. The spikes are axillary or terminal, simple, and usually 5 to 15 centimeters long. The flowers are small and green. The male flowers are about 1.5 millimeters in diameter and are borne on spikes, while the female flowers grow out on racemes. The fruit is fleshy, red, acid, edible, ovoid, and about 8 millimeters long. It contains a single seeds.

Bignai makes an excellent jam and wine. Analyses of the fruit show that it is a very good source of calcium and id fair in iron.

bignay wine fermentation

Wine Making Procedures

1. Extract the juice by mashing or crushing. Filter or strain the juice to remove any solid particles. Add 200-300 ppm sodium or potassium metabusulfite to prevent contamination and browning. Place the treated juice in a sealed container and keep it for 24 hours. In case the metabisulfite solution is not available, simply boil the juice.

2. Before fermenting, test the acid and sugar contents of the treated juicer or must. for testing acid content, use pH paper. To produce dry wines, set pH at 3-4. For sweet wines, use pH 3.5-5.5. Adjust pH with juice or citrus or unripe fruit, or dilute with water.

To test sugar content, use the hand refractometer. A reading of 20 oB is good for dry wine and 25oB for sweet wine.

3. Add yeast to the must. Commercial dry-wine yeast starters can be used, but good results can be obtained with pure cultures of wine yeast in agar slants. Fleischman’s or baker’s yeast can be used, but it imparts a “bready” aroma and flavor to the wine.

4. Stir the mixture thoroughly and transfer it to fermentation containers. Enamel, floss, wooden oak, earthenware, and plastic containers are suitable for wine making. Wide-necked vessels are preferable for pulp-fermentation to facilitate removal of pulp and cleaning. Narrow-necked containers are best suited for juice fermentation and storage, since they can be sealed easily with a lock or rubber bung.

5. Seal the fermentation container with a water valve or water bung. When bubbles form, it means that fermentation is going on. The rate at which gas bubbles through the bung indicates the rate of fermentation.
Do not allow the temperature to drop below 19oC or exceed 28oC.

6. After four or more weeks, the absence of gas indicates the end of the fermentation.

7. Siphon the clear liquid into sterile bottles or oak barrels. In moving the jar, be careful not disturb the sediment. Fill the bottle or barrel with semi-clear wine 1.5-2.5 cm below the cover, so that only a minimum amount of air is allowed inside.

8. Age the wine for one year or longer. Longer aging results in more mature and mellow wines. If sediments form, transfer wine into another bottle.

9. after aging, the wine should be clear. When it is not, use clarifying agents, such as egg whites, gelatin, milk, bentonite or powdered charcoal. Add and stir the agent. Let it stand for 7-10 days, and filter the wine into clean, properly sterilized bottles. Seal bottles with cork.

10. Store wine with drive-corks in horizontal position. Place the bottles in a cool, well-ventilated, and dark place.

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bignay wine 2

Measure the following physico-chemical properties and and adjust accordingly to your set standard. Properties should be uniform every batch.
a. sugar content. Sugar concentration can be increased by adding sugar or can be lowered by adding water or pulp.
b. pH. This can be lowered by adding citric acid or can be increased by adding water or pulp.
c. titrable acidity. Adjustment can be made by mixing different concentrations or addition of citric acid.
d. alcohol content. Adjustment can be made by mixing different concentrations.
Adjustments can be computed using Pearson’s Square formula.
e. See standards for wine here.

Marvin is the lead chocolate maker of Ben and Lyn Chocolate Inc. Has strong background in food research and development. Occasionally conducts training and lectures. Lecturer of Cocoa Foundation of the Philippines. Do coaching and consultancy services on his free time.

20 Replies to “How to Make Bignay Wine”

  1. Hi, I just happen to see your website while browsing about Bignay. By the way, I’m selling 750ml Antique Green Wine Bottle w/ Aluminum Cap. I find way, to lock the cap manually. All items are brand new. I’m trying to help small wine producers with their packaging requirements. Hoping to add more bottles this year. Our company is G.L. Otometz Corporation. Thanks.

    1. @Sonny Go – Can you provide your address and contact number so that interested individuals know how to get in touch with you.

  2. Hi Marvin,

    Thanks for the reply. Company details as follows:

    G.L. Otometz Corporation
    222 11th Avenue cor. F. Roxas Street,
    Grace Park, Caloocan City
    Tel#: 3662071 to 73

    Got Facebook Acct. for the map/ location of company. Thanks again.


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    1. Hi Ms. Gina. We’re a producer of Bignay Wine, Bignay Juice Concentrate, and other fruit wines in the Bicol Region. You can find our wines in several outlets in Naga City.

      Our wines are also available in AANI, Quezon Memorial Circle; and Marsha’s Delicacies in Bantay, Ilocos Sur.

      Please contact us for Factory price and Shipping details. Thanks!

  4. Gumawa ako ng bignay juice from our bignay tree from Laguna. masarap ang juice pero mahirap gumawa without pulper machine.May bumibili kaya ng fresh bignay fruit for them to make it wine or juice commercially.Rose of Marikina

  5. Finally, I found the procedure in making bignay wine. I have been looking for the process, but couldn’t find any.. Thank you for giving me an idea. We have 1 bignay tree in our backyard. I make juice for our consumption. I mix it with calamansi and powdered pinapple juice. We really enjoy the taste.

    I want to know the proportion in preparing bignay wine. Can you help me, Sir?

    1. Wine processing is basically the same for all fruits. Look for mango wine procedure somewhere in this site. Its methods are more specific.

      What proportions are you referring to. Sugar (should be 20-25%). Bignay to water? You can ferment pure extract or add as much water as you like. However, it will impact the flavor greatly.

      Get pure wine yeast and metabisulfite (Campden tablets) over the internet. They are not locally available, sadly.

      Try small batches first and see what you’ve got. Relaying to me your results will help.

  6. ask ko lang kung magandang gawing wine yung blue berry kc marami akong tanim at mga seedlings nito. actually marami na nag oorder ng seedlings nito . the problem is i dont know the procedure how to make wine and i plan to establish plantation for this.

    1. I have no experience yet on blueberry. Howerever, I am pretty sure you could make good wines out of it.

      Blueberry wines are for sales around the net.

      Fruit wine making procedure is uninversal and it can be applied to any fruits except citrus. Try and adjust to suit your preference.

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