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Dessert Wines & Sweet Wines

A dessert wine oder sweet wine is a wine with a high concentration of unfermented sugar, which comes from very sweet grapes. The optimal climate conditions for cultivating suitable grapevines can be found primarily in the wine growing regions around the Mediterranean Sea. So it is no coincidence that many of the most famous sweet wines come from Mediterranean countries:

Italian Dessert WineSpanish Dessert WineFrench Dessert WinePortuguese Dessert Wine | German Dessert Wine | Hungarian Dessert Wine

Whether you prefer it with rich a chocolate mousse, smooth strawberry ice cream or a warm apple tarte – we have the perfect dessert wine for you!

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23+1 Aktion!
Ferreira Ruby Port - Porto Ferreira
Ferreira Ruby Port - Porto Ferreira
Ferreira Porto | Portugal
Portwine
Content 0.75 liter(s) (€15.87 / 1 liter(s))
€11.90 *

Content 0.75 liter(s) (€15.87 / 1 liter(s))
23+1 Aktion!
Ferreira Tawny Port - Porto Ferreira
Ferreira Tawny Port - Porto Ferreira
Ferreira Porto | Portugal
Portwine
Content 0.75 liter(s) (€15.87 / 1 liter(s))
€11.90 *

Content 0.75 liter(s) (€15.87 / 1 liter(s))
23+1 Aktion!
Rieslaner Auslese 0,5 l 2015 - Ellermann-Spiegel
Rieslaner Auslese 0,5 l 2015 - Ellermann-Spiegel
Ellermann-Spiegel | Germany
Dessert Wine
Content 0.5 liter(s) (€19.00 / 1 liter(s))
€9.50 *

Content 0.5 liter(s) (€19.00 / 1 liter(s))
23+1 Aktion!
Moncalvina 2016 Moscato d'Asti DOCG - Coppo
Moncalvina 2016 Moscato d'Asti DOCG - Coppo
Coppo | Italy
White Wine, Dessert Wine
Content 0.75 liter(s) (€15.98 / 1 liter(s))
€11.98 *

Content 0.75 liter(s) (€15.98 / 1 liter(s))
Pedro Ximénez 0,50l - Emilio Hidalgo
Pedro Ximénez 0,50l - Emilio Hidalgo
Emilio Hidalgo | Spain
Sherry
Content 0.5 liter(s) (€27.98 / 1 liter(s))
€13.99 *

Content 0.5 liter(s) (€27.98 / 1 liter(s))
East India Solera Reserva 0,5l Flasche - Emilio Lustau
East India Solera Reserva 0,5l Flasche - Emilio Lustau
Emilio Lustau | Spain
Sherry
Content 0.5 liter(s) (€29.18 / 1 liter(s))
€14.59 *

Content 0.5 liter(s) (€29.18 / 1 liter(s))
Izidro Fine Dry 3 years Madeira 0,1 l - Vinhos Justino Henriques
Izidro Fine Dry 3 years Madeira 0,1 l - Vinhos Justino Henriques
Vinhos Justino Henriques | Portugal
Madeira
Content 0.1 liter(s) (€34.90 / 1 liter(s))
€3.49 *

Content 0.1 liter(s) (€34.90 / 1 liter(s))
Dow's Late Bottled Vintage 2009 - Dow's Port
Dow's Late Bottled Vintage 2009 - Dow's Port
Dow's Port | Portugal
Portwine
Content 0.75 liter(s) (€24.66 / 1 liter(s))
€18.49 *

Content 0.75 liter(s) (€24.66 / 1 liter(s))
Fino Jerez Seco - Emilio Hidalgo
Fino Jerez Seco - Emilio Hidalgo
Emilio Hidalgo | Spain
Sherry
Content 0.75 liter(s) (€8.92 / 1 liter(s))
€6.69 *

Content 0.75 liter(s) (€8.92 / 1 liter(s))
Cristina Medium Dry DO Jerez - Gonzáles Byass
Cristina Medium Dry DO Jerez - Gonzáles Byass
Gonzalez Byass S.A. | Spain
Sherry
Content 0.75 liter(s) (€18.39 / 1 liter(s))
€13.79 *

Content 0.75 liter(s) (€18.39 / 1 liter(s))
Morenita Cream DO Jerez-Xérès-Sherry y Manzanilla-Sanlúcar de Barrameda - Emilio Hidalgo
Morenita Cream DO Jerez-Xérès-Sherry y Manzanilla-Sanlúcar de Barrameda - Emilio Hidalgo
Emilio Hidalgo | Spain
Sherry
Content 0.75 liter(s) (€11.81 / 1 liter(s))
€8.85 *

Content 0.75 liter(s) (€11.81 / 1 liter(s))
Charito Manzanilla - Emilio Hidalgo
Charito Manzanilla - Emilio Hidalgo
Emilio Hidalgo | Spain
Sherry
Content 0.75 liter(s) (€9.98 / 1 liter(s))
€7.49 *

Content 0.75 liter(s) (€9.98 / 1 liter(s))
Reserva Port Collector - Ramos Pinto
Reserva Port Collector - Ramos Pinto
Ramos Pinto | Portugal
Red Wine, Portwine
Content 0.75 liter(s) (€21.99 / 1 liter(s))
€16.49 *

Content 0.75 liter(s) (€21.99 / 1 liter(s))
Aszù 3 Puttonyos 2007 0,5l - Tokaj Oremus
Aszù 3 Puttonyos 2007 0,5l - Tokaj Oremus
Tokaj Oremus | Hungary
Dessert Wine
Content 0.5 liter(s) (€61.98 / 1 liter(s))
€30.99 *

Content 0.5 liter(s) (€61.98 / 1 liter(s))
Vin Santo del Chianti Classico DOC 2006 0,5l - Rocca delle Macíe
Vin Santo del Chianti Classico DOC 2006 0,5l - Rocca delle Macíe
Rocca delle Macìe | Italy
Dessert Wine
Content 0.5 liter(s) (€40.98 / 1 liter(s))
€20.49 *

Content 0.5 liter(s) (€40.98 / 1 liter(s))
Moscato Rosa Südtirol DOC 2009 - J. Hofstätter
Moscato Rosa Südtirol DOC 2009 - J. Hofstätter
Tenuta J. Hofstätter | Italy
Rosé Wine, Dessert Wine
Content 0.375 liter(s) (€65.31 / 1 liter(s))
€24.49 *

Content 0.375 liter(s) (€65.31 / 1 liter(s))
Fine Dry - Vinhos Justino Henriques
Fine Dry - Vinhos Justino Henriques
Vinhos Justino Henriques | Portugal
Madeira
Content 0.75 liter(s) (€19.85 / 1 liter(s))
€14.89 *

Content 0.75 liter(s) (€19.85 / 1 liter(s))
Fine Medium Dry - Vinhos Justino Henriques
Fine Medium Dry - Vinhos Justino Henriques
Vinhos Justino Henriques | Portugal
Madeira
Content 0.75 liter(s) (€19.85 / 1 liter(s))
€14.89 *

Content 0.75 liter(s) (€19.85 / 1 liter(s))
Ferreira Late Bottled Vintage Port 2011 - Porto Ferreira
Ferreira Late Bottled Vintage Port 2011 - Porto Ferreira
Ferreira Porto | Portugal
Portwine
Content 0.75 liter(s) (€18.39 / 1 liter(s))
€13.79 *

Content 0.75 liter(s) (€18.39 / 1 liter(s))
Fine Rich - Vinhos Justino Henriques
Fine Rich - Vinhos Justino Henriques
Vinhos Justino Henriques | Portugal
Madeira
Content 0.75 liter(s) (€19.33 / 1 liter(s))
from €14.49 *

Content 0.75 liter(s) (€19.33 / 1 liter(s))
Elegante Dry Fino - Gonzáles Byass
Elegante Dry Fino - Gonzáles Byass
Gonzalez Byass S.A. | Spain
Sherry
Content 0.75 liter(s) (€11.46 / 1 liter(s))
€8.59 *

Content 0.75 liter(s) (€11.46 / 1 liter(s))
Manzanilla Papirusa Solera Reserva - Emilio Lustau
Manzanilla Papirusa Solera Reserva - Emilio Lustau
Emilio Lustau | Spain
Sherry
Content 0.75 liter(s) (€19.06 / 1 liter(s))
€14.29 *

Content 0.75 liter(s) (€19.06 / 1 liter(s))
Izidro Fine Rich 3 years Madeira 0,1 l - Vinhos Justino Henriques
Izidro Fine Rich 3 years Madeira 0,1 l - Vinhos Justino Henriques
Vinhos Justino Henriques | Portugal
Madeira
Content 0.1 liter(s) (€34.90 / 1 liter(s))
€3.49 *

Content 0.1 liter(s) (€34.90 / 1 liter(s))
Late Harvest Chardonnay Natural Sweet 2014 - Norton
Late Harvest Chardonnay Natural Sweet 2014 - Norton
Bodega Norton | Argentina
White Wine, Dessert Wine
Content 0.75 liter(s) (€10.52 / 1 liter(s))
€7.89 *

Content 0.75 liter(s) (€10.52 / 1 liter(s))
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Dessert Wine – Precious and Exquisite

The history of sweet wine began far ago in the Antiquity. One of the most popular wines of the age was a cypriotic raisin wine called ‘passum’. In medieval times, sweet wine was also considered a rare luxury by the high nobility. The great discovery expeditions that began with the onset of the modern era also played a role in the propagation of such wines – as a staple of the non-perishable provisions for long sea voyages, Portwine, Sherry, Sauternes and Vin Santo conquered the world.

 

Sweet Wine - High Residual Sugar and Must Weight

According to EU Wine Law, wines with residual sugar of at least 45 g/l are classed as sweet, and for sweet sparkling wine the minimum is 50 g/l. Some kinds of sweet wine even have a sugar density considerably higher than these minimums. For example: Tokaji Eszencia – a Hungarian dessert wine - reaches a weight of over 450 g/l. The prerequisite for the production of sweet wines is the high must weight effected by the respective sugar concentration in the grapes. These wines are pressed, for example, from fully ripe grapes or grapes with ‘noble rot’, a benign grey fungus. Very high quality sweet wine specialities are straw wines or raisin wines such as the Italian Recioto or the German Beerenauslese wines, which are also ranked amongst the top international wines. With ‘Qualitätswein’ (especially high quality wine) and Prädikatswein (superior quality wine), adding sugar after fermentation is prohibited.

Sweet Wines – Naturally Sweet or Fortified

A portion of the sweet wines available on today's market is produced from naturally sweet grapes, i.e. without artificial manipulation of the fermentation process. Beerenauslese and Trockenbeerenauslese, Straw Wines and Ice Wines are some examples. Other versions such as Madeira, Malaga, Portwine or Sherry are fortified with distilled spirits, which increases their alcohol content but also results in a premature ending of the fermentation process.