Definition - What does Fortification mean?
The fortification of a wine means that a spirit was added to a wine, increasing its alcohol content. A typical spirit used to fortify wine is brandy. It may be added to a wine for one of two reasons:
- To stop the fermentation of a wine
- To increase the alcohol content of a wine
WineFrog explains Fortification
Only certain styles of wine can still be in balance when they are fortified.
The most commonly known wine which undergoes fortification is Port. A Ruby Port for instance, is made with a base of dark, red grapes such as; Touriga Nacional, Tinta Roriz and Tinta Barroca. These are grapes with very thick skins and rich flavors, which make a bold wine. These wines are the ones which can handle fortification and still be palatable afterward.
Fortification of wine has been practiced throughout history, and in many wine-making countries, it is still a tradition.
Other fortified wines are:
- Moscatel de Setúbal