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What is Madeira

Madeira is a fortified wine that has been made on a Portuguese island off the coast of Morocco since the fifteenth centrury. They are usually labeled as one of the following types, based upon the grape variety used in their production, in order from sweetest to driest: Malvasia (also known as Malmsey or Malvazia), Bual (or Boal), Verdelho and Sercial. You can use Wine Enthusiast’s online Buying Guide to find the top-rated Madeira among our extensive Madeira wine reviews and easy-to-use database. Our Madeira reviews will give you a general idea what to expect from wines made from Madeira, and will help you find one that best suits your needs.

Structural Characteristics

Low Medium High
Alcohol levels
Low Medium High
Low Medium High
Tannin Structure
Low Medium High

Examples of Madeira to Try

Handling Tips

55-60°F / 13-16°C
5-10 years