Serves 4 to 6


  • 15 mini or 5 to 6 regular-sized ripe black plums
  • 4 cups of Zweigelt Austrian red wine
  • 1 cup sugar
  • Grated zest of one lemon
  • Half of vanilla bean, split in half
  • 1/2 tsp. Ceylon cinnamon
  • Three cloves
  • Pinch of salt


In a medium-size saucepan, combine Zweigelt, sugar, vanilla bean, Ceylon cinnamon, clove, salt and lemon.

Bring to a gentle boil, add sliced plum and simmer for 15 minutes.

Remove from heat and remove the vanilla bean. Let cool to room temperature before serving.