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Fortified wine is one whose alcohol content is increased by the addition of alcohol to it. 

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Finest Reserve Port 0.500ml
Douro Valley, Portugal
Blend
BGN 33.90
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Barbadillo Manzanilla Rama-Saca Verano 0.375ml 2018
Andalusia, Spain
Palomino fino
BGN 29.90
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Barbadillo Manzanilla Solear 0.375ml
Andalusia, Spain
Palomino fino
BGN 11.00
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QLR White Port 0.500ml
Douro Valley, Portugal
Malvasia
BGN 27.00
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QLR Tawny Port 0.500ml
Douro Valley, Portugal
Touriga
BGN 24.00
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Port Late Bottled Vintage 0.500ml 2014
Douro Valley, Portugal
Touriga
BGN 35.90
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Barbadillo Eva Cream
Andalusia, Spain
Palomino fino
BGN 19.90
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Barbadillo San Rafael Medium Oloroso
Andalusia, Spain
Palomino fino
BGN 45.00
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Mutato Vino Liquoroso
Tuscany, Italy
Merlot
BGN 219.00
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Ruby Reserve Port 0.500ml
Douro Valley, Portugal
Touriga
BGN 27.00
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10 Year Old Tawny Port 0.500ml
Douro Valley, Portugal
Touriga
BGN 49.00
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20 Year Old Tawny Port 0.500ml
Douro Valley, Portugal
Touriga
BGN 66.90
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Колейта Порт 2009
Douro Valley, Portugal
Touriga
BGN 55.90
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Domäne Wachau Gruner Veltliner VDN 0.500ml 2016
Wachau, Austria
Grüner
BGN 53.00
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Роял Рич Мадейра
Madeira, Portugal
Tinta Negra
BGN 30.90
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Quinta De La Rosa 30y old Tawny in a Gift Box
Douro Valley, Portugal
Blend
BGN 136.90
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Quinta De La Rosa Late Bottled Vintage Port 2015
Douro Valley, Portugal
Blend
BGN 36.90
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Barbadillo Amontillado Principe
Andalusia, Spain
Palomino fino
BGN 123.00
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Barbadillo Palo Cortado Obispo Gascon
Andalusia, Spain
Palomino fino
BGN 131.90
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Barbeito Malvasia Old Reserve 10 Year Old
Madeira, Portugal
Malvasia
BGN 79.00
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Barbeito Boal Old Reserve 10 Year Old
Madeira, Portugal
Boal
BGN 79.00
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Barbeito Verdelho Old Reserve 10 Year Old
Madeira, Portugal
Verdelho
BGN 79.00
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Barbeito Sercial Old Reserve 10 Year Old
Madeira, Portugal
Sercial
BGN 81.90
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Esprito de Baga 0.500ml 2015
Bairrada, Portugal
Baga
BGN 62.90
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Pedro Ximenez VOS 20 years
Andalusia, Spain
Pedro Ximenez
BGN 164.90
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Palo Cortado VORS
Andalusia, Spain
Palomino fino
BGN 190.00
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Amontillado VORS
Andalusia, Spain
Palomino fino
BGN 140.00
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Oloroso VORS
Andalusia, Spain
Palomino fino
BGN 134.90
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Fino
Andalusia, Spain
Palomino fino
BGN 71.90
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Barbadillo Amontillado VORS
Andalusia, Spain
Palomino fino
BGN 270.00
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Barbadillo Palo Cortado VORS
Andalusia, Spain
Palomino fino
BGN 250.00
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Barbadillo Oloroso VORS
Andalusia, Spain
Palomino fino
BGN 263.90
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Barbadillo Pedro Ximenez La Cilla
Andalusia, Spain
Pedro Ximenez
BGN 49.90
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Barbadillo Moscatel Laura
Andalusia, Spain
Moscatel
BGN 39.00
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Barbadillo Oloroso Cuco
Andalusia, Spain
Palomino fino
BGN 123.00
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Quinta De La Rosa Ruby Reserve
Douro Valley, Portugal
Blend
BGN 30.00

Fortified wine is one whose alcohol content is increased by the addition of alcohol to it. This definition is quite broad as a concept and includes a wide range of products. To understand and enjoy fortified wines, it is good to be familiar with their production methods and varieties. Take a close look at the selection of Seewines and you will be amazed by this diversity.

How are fortified wines made?
The fortified wine is prepared by the addition of distilled alcohol to the main base wine during or after the fermentation process. The type of the final fortified wine depends on this base wine and the used method of fortification. Thus, the various types of fortified wines are determined by the grape variety used for vinification, and can range from very sweet to dry, almost salty in the taste. After the fortification takes place the wine usually ages in wooden barrels.

Type of ageing of fortified wines?
An important stage of the process of working on fortified wine is ageing in barrels. There are two main types, oxidative and biological, and sometimes a combination of the two occurs. Oxidative ageing means that the wine is exposed to oxygen, during which an oxidation process takes place. The biological process is based on the creation of a yeast "coating" on the wine, which protects the wine from oxidation and gives some additional nutrients and interesting aromas due to the interaction of yeast with the wine. Another important aspect is the type of maturing - in one barrel or dynamic – with the latter meaning that the wine is "moved" from barrel to barrel and is in this way mixed with different vintages. This form of ageing is called Solera and the rows of barrels - Criadera. Simply put, the way that Solera and Criadera work is that the wine benefits from the refreshment with young wines, and from the complex characteristics developed over the years of ageing in barrels.

Which are the grapes for fortified wines?
Depending on the end result to be achieved, different varieties of grapes are used. In Spain, in the region of Jerez, where the world-famous sherry is produced, for its sweet version the grape is Pedro Jimenez or Moscatel, while for dry sherry such as Oloroso or Manzanilla, the variety is Palomino. In Italy, in the region of Sicily, the well known Marsala wine is produced from Grillo, Catarato and others. In Porto, Portugal, the world famous port wine is produced from Touriga Nacional, and Madeira is also a type of fortified wine whose homeland is Portugal, and the variety is Malvasia for sweet and Verdelho, Negra Mole and others for dry Madeira.

What are the most famous regions for fortified wine in the world?
Undoubtedly, we have all heard of sherry and port - the first in Spain, in the region of Jerez, and the second - in Porto, Portugal. Madeira (again from Portugal) and Marsala from Sicily, Italy are also well known. If you know these wines or just want to get acquainted, visit our Fortified Wine section, where you will find excellent representatives from these regions.

How to choose and consume fortified wine?
The world of fortified wines is vast - from sweet to dry. They can be consumed as digestifs or in combination with different types of food. The dry sherry Manzanilla goes great with fried fish, for example, while Oloroso pairs perfectly with mature cheeses or game. Port wine is a wonderful addition to Stilton cheese or dark chocolate, and the sweet representatives of fortified wines are perfect with fruit cake, vanilla ice cream or foie gras. If you are new to this wonderful world of fortified wines and are having difficulty choosing, trust the advice of our Chief Sommelier Blagoy Kuzmanski, who is a certified sherry ambassador, and fortified wines are really his passion.