Fortified Wines

Fortified wine was originally developed as a means of preserving Red wine by adding Brandy to it. Over the years however other Spirits have been added to the wine (Vermouth in Sicily and Aguardente in Spain) although still the most famous types are Port, Madeira and Sherry, coming from Portugal, the small Island of Madeira and Spain respectively. Of particular note is the Sicilian Marsala wine, fortified with Vermouth, although a strictly Italian export today it was originally the creation of an Englishman as an alternative to expensive Port and Madeira. Most Fortified wines are available in the 10 year to 20 year Old vintages although these can vary wildly depending on climate and prices do not always rise in relation to the age of the wine with 10 year old vintages being of exceptional value.