Fortified wines

Time has built tradition and tradition has produced the incomparable Madeira wine. Madeira, part one.

Madeira, named after the island and the demarcated wine region of Madeira where it is produced, is like no other wine in the world. Madeira, a fortified Portuguese wine comes in a variety of styles, ranging from dry to very sweet, and is a very robust […]

Port styles. Port is bursting with rich, intense flavours & aromas. Port, part 5.

Port styles. Port is bursting with rich, intense flavours & aromas. Port, part 5.

There is a set of categories that identify the different types of Port Wine. The different types of red Port vary in colour from deep purple to light gold, with a range of intermediary hues. Also white Port comes in various shades from pale yellow, […]

Port ageing, the last time the wine is racked is just before bottling. Port, part four.

Port ageing, the last time the wine is racked is just before bottling. Port, part four.

There are several distinct styles of port, but all ports are fortified. A neutral grape spirit or brandy is added during the fermentation process to stop the fermentation, the adding of grape spirit or brandy also augments the percentage of alcohol. The fact that the wine becomes fortified […]

Making of port, what makes port different from table wines is fortification. Port, part three.

The making of vintage port differs enormously, depending on a lot of variables, like the ripeness of the harvested grapes, the winemaker, facilities of the winery and preferred style of port. The same is true for the method of fermentation. The method used varies according […]

The surprising wealth and intensity of the Port grape varieties. Port, part two.

Port wine can be made from more than 30 to 90 different local indigenous grape varieties. The typical vineyard in the old days would have around 15 to 70 varieties all planted together. The varieties were also fermented together, but these times are mostly gone. […]

Between Port and hope, anything is possible. An inside look at one of the worlds most treasured wines: Port, part one.

Port is a fortified, (semi-)sweet wine from the world’s oldest regulated and demarcated wine region. The region was created with the establishment of the Companhia Geral da Agricultura das Vinhas do Alto Douro and demarcated in 1756. Port wine takes its name from the Portuguese […]