Fortified wines are normal grape wines that have been given an alcohol boost using grape spirits. There are numerous types and styles of fortified wines, but the two most popular are Sherry and Port. At House of Townend, we have a wide range of different vintages Ports and some superb Sherries. So, whether you are looking for a premium cooking ingredient or the perfect after dinner drink, our fortified wine range has got you covered.
House of Townend offer a range of different types of fortified wine, available for you to buy online. We have put together all of our finest Ports and Sherries so you can browse them all in one place. Read our descriptions and recommendations, as well as seeing all of the tasting notes and producer information.
Ruby Port is the most popular type of Port and the most well-known. The sumptuous deep red colour comes from the aging process. Ruby Port is aged in large barrels, which is what stops the wine from becoming oxidised and retains its rich colour.
Less well known, White Port tends to have a sweeter taste than other fortified wines. Its lighter colour comes from the white grapes used to make it. White Port generally tends to be drunk quite young and not aged for as long as Ruby Port. Customers looking to buy Port online can find everything they need to know about our White Port selection on this page.
The main way that Sherry differs from Port is largely to do with the fermentation process. Port is usually fortified during the fermentation process, so not all of the sugar is turned in to alcohol, giving it that delicious, sweet taste. Sherry is fortified after the fermentation process, giving it a dry taste. Our customers can buy Sherry online from us, where they can be sure that the finest Sherries have been selected.
Bristol Cream is a dessert Sherry, sometimes mixed with lemonade but often enjoyed alone. We stock Harveys, the original and best Bristol Cream. Bottled in infamous Bristol blue glass, it’s an instantly recognisable brand. Harvey’s Bristol Cream has a dark, rich brown colour, distinguishing it from other fortified wines.
Customers looking to buy fortified wine online can browse House of Townend products and the accompanying tasting notes to make an informed decision on their purchase. Enjoy!