The word Glühwein (pronounced glue – vine) is a combination of glühen, which means “to glow,” and wein, which means “wine.” And that’s exactly what Glühwein does to you after a few cups. It glows in your cheeks and warms you from the inside out.

Glühwein, mulled wine, mulled spiced wine, or Glogg are all variations on the same theme – heated wine seasoned with sweet and aromatic spices. There are many recipes for Glühwein, but the traditional Glühwein recipe calls for heating wine with sugar and spices.

Blueberry Wine Glühwein is a twist on a delicious classic and involves using blueberry wine to naturally enhance and improve gluhwein, while cutting down on sugar. It’s a healthier alternative to traditional Glühwein and is a tasty treat that is sure to bring the warmth of the fire into your glass and belly, even on a cold day. 

Usually, wine is simmered with cinnamon sticks, cloves, citrus peel, cardamom pods and sugar. The addition of these warming spices makes Glühwein the perfect drink for chilly winter evenings.

Finding a way to incorporate fruit wines is a novel take on a beverage I spent years thanklessly traipsing across Europe to research via diligent consumption sessions next to open fires, singing carolers, and against cold nights seemed like an essential. Plus, a fruit wine will cut down or eliminate the amount of sugar you need to add, depending on the sweetness of the wine.

What is Blueberry Wine?

Blueberry wine is a fruit wine fermented with fruit, instead of wine, which most people are used to.  The blueberry is a small, round berry that grows on a bush. The fruit is native to North America and has been used in wine making for centuries. The blueberry wine made today is a sweet, fruity wine that can be enjoyed on its own or with food.

The process of making blueberry wine begins with the fermentation of the berries. This can be done with either fresh or frozen berries. Once the berries have been fermented, they are then pressed and the juice is extracted. The juice is then filtered and usually blended with other wines to create a unique flavor. The final step in the process is bottling and aging the wine.

Blueberry wine has a variety of benefits that make it a popular choice among wine lovers. One of the most notable benefits is its ability to pair well with food. Blueberry wine can be enjoyed with a variety of different dishes, making it a versatile choice for any occasion. Additionally, blueberry wine has been shown to have health benefits due to its high antioxidant content.

Blueberry wine has a more intense and complex flavor but is less sweet than you’d expect for a fruit wine.  It’s made by fermenting blueberries with sugar and water, and sometimes adding yeast. The fermentation process can take weeks or even months. Blueberry wine is usually red or purple in color, and has a high alcohol content.

Blueberry Wine Glühwein

Making blueberry wine glühwein is easy. Blueberry wines add a natural sweetness and additional flavor complexity to your glühwein. Just follow a traditional Glühwein recipe, using blueberry wine in place of the red wine to make blueberry wine Glühwein. You can use any type of blueberry wine you like, but we recommend something semi-sweet or sweet for best results. One of the wines mentioned above will work perfect. When selecting a fruit wine, just make sure it is not too sweet. You want the German Glühwein to have a balance of sweetness and acidity.

For a blueberry wine Glühwein, you’ll need:

  • 1 bottle Blueberry wine

  • Sugar to taste

  • 1/3 cup water
  • 1 orange, sliced
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • 6 whole cloves
  • 8 allspice
  • 1 star anise (optional)


1. Put all of the ingredients into a pot over med-low heat and stir until the sugar has dissolved.

2. You want to ensure your Glühwein is piping hot before serving.

3. Heat to a simmer. Do not bring to a boil or that will mess with the wine.

4. At that point, turn off the heat and let the mixture steep for about 10 minutes.  This will give time for the ingredients to mix and meld.

5. You can then either strain it or serve it as is.

6. If you want to keep it warm, put it back on the stove over low heat.

7. Serve in Glühwein mugs or glasses with blueberries.