German Sauerkraut Cooked With Wine (Weinkraut)

Traditional German sauerkraut

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  • Total: 40 mins
  • Prep: 10 mins
  • Cook: 30 mins
  • Yield: 4 servings
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
267 Calories
6g Fat
38g Carbs
9g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 4 servings
Amount per serving
Calories 267
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 6g 8%
Saturated Fat 2g 10%
Cholesterol 15mg 5%
Sodium 1560mg 68%
Total Carbohydrate 38g 14%
Dietary Fiber 8g 30%
Protein 9g
Calcium 87mg 7%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

German sauerkraut cooked with wine is known as Weinkraut in German. This recipe calls for purchased sauerkraut, but you can certainly make your own.

The potato in this recipe acts as a thickener and is often used in sauerkraut cooked in wine or any other type. Serve this tasty side dish with grilled sausages or bratwurst and puréed potatoes made with a ricer, or a slice of bread to soak up the juices. 


  • 1 small onion
  • 1 tablespoon lard or oil
  • 1 (28-ounce) can or jar sauerkraut
  • 1 small potato
  • 3/4 cup dry white wine
  • 2 teaspoons sugar
  • 8 ounces green grapes (optional)
  • 1 teaspoon caraway seed (optional)
  • 2 ounces cooked, diced bacon (optional)

Steps to Make It

  1. Peel 1 small onion and cut it into small cubes. In a skillet, sauté the onion for about 5 minutes in 1 tablespoon lard or oil.

  2. Loosen the sauerkraut with a fork and rinse if it is too salty. Add the sauerkraut to the skillet with the onion.

  3. Peel and grate 1 small potato. Add the grated potato, 3/4 cup dry white wine, and 2 teaspoons sugar. Stir and then simmer for at least 20 minutes.

  4. If you want to, add washed, halved grapes 10 minutes before serving. Don't forget to remove the seeds if necessary.

  5. You can also add 1 teaspoon caraway seeds and 2 ounces diced, cooked bacon to the sauerkraut if you wish.