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Fortified Wine

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  • Croft Pink Port 50cl
    Croft Pink is the first ever port with a beautiful light ruby colour, achieved from light contact with the skins of traditional port grapes - lighter in style with a unique crisp and fruity flavour. Serve chilled or over ice in a wine glass for maximum enjoyment
    £10.65
  • Quinta De La Rosa Finest Reserve And Tawny Port Gift Pack
    Quinta de la Rosa Port gift set contains two 50cl bottles of delicious port presented in a stylish black case that opens outwards to reveal the port within. The bottles conatined within are Quinta de la Rosa FinestReserve Ruby Port and Quinta de la Rosa Tawny Port.
    £29.99
  • Crabbies Mulled Wine Copper Mug Gift Pack 12% 70cl
    Crabbie's Mulled Wine is a Christmas classic and can be enjoyed throughout the colder seasons to provide a much needed warming feeling! Make that experience even better with the two copper mugs that are included in this gift set and serve the warm wine in style. We suggest that th...
    £9.99
  • Grahams Malvedos 2005 Port 20% 75cl
    The quality of the wines from the Malvedos vineyard is such that in Vintage declarations these wines provide the main structure for Grahams classic Vintage Ports. In most of the interim years, the wines from Malvedos will merit bottling as a single estate, or single quinta Vintage Port from a sin...
    £32.99
  • Tio Pepe En Rama 2016 15% 75cl
    This small production, limited-edition Tio Pepe is unclarified and unfiltered, resulting in a super fresh Fino. En Rama is alive with flavour and is the closest you can get to drinking directly out of the cask. It has more nutty and yeasty aromas than the usual Tio Pepe and on the palate it is fr...
    £14.99
  • Moscatel de Setubal 2012 Bacalhoa 17.5% 75cl
    A delicious dessert wine made form the Moscatel grape variety in Potugal which has been aged in small oak cask. Rich with fruity floral notes silky and smooth in the mouth. It pares well with dried fruits, chocolate desserts and citrus tarts. These styles are fruity, floral, mind-d...
    £9.99
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Wines that have had a form of spirit added to them are referred to as fortified wines. The purpose of fortifying wine is to increase its alcohol volume while injecting the flavours and characteristics that come with certain spirits.

What is Fortified Wine?

One of the initial reasons for fortifying wine was to preserve it because ethanol is a natural source of antiseptic. While other methods of preservation have since been created, the production of fortified wine is still very popular because the finished product has such a vast range of flavours.

The most common ingredient added to fortified wine is grape brandy, but a wide variety of flavours, scents and characteristics can also be introduced including grain and sugarcane. This makes the range of fortified wines available immensely diverse, with a huge range of flavours, scents, and characteristics.

Variations of Fortified Wine

Port

Port wine (typically known as Port)originates in the Douro Valley of Portugal's northern province. It tends to be a sweet red wine, but can also come in dry, semi-dry and white varieties.

Sherry

Sherry is a fortified wine made from white grapes that are grown near a town in Spain called Jerez, and "sherry" is actually the English word for Jerez. After fermentation, sherry is fortified with brandy. Due to the fact that fortification is carried out after fermentation, the majority of sherries are initially dry, with sweetness being added later.

Madeira Wine

Madeira is a fortified wine named after its place of origin, the Madeira Islands. Madeira wine is made in a variety of styles, such as dry wines to be consumed on their own, or sweeter wines that are more commonly consumed with dessert. Maderia wine is heated and oxidised (maturation process), resulting in a longer lifespan and a vast range of delicious flavours.

Marsala

Marsala wine is available in both fortified and unfortified variations and originates from Sicily. It was originally produced in 1772 by John Woodhouse, an English merchant, as a budget-friendly alternative to sherry and port wine, and is named after the island's port, Marsala. Both styles are blended with brandy. ‘Fine’, the slightly younger and weaker version, is at least 17% proof and aged for four months or more; while the ‘Superiore’, is at least 18%, and must be aged two years or more.

Are you looking for wine that offers more in regards to its strength and flavour? DrinkFinder’s comprehensive range of wine includes a number of fortified wines from all over the world. Check out our fortified wines online or get in touch if you have any queries.