Madeira Wine


Even though Portugal does not command headlines in the international wine world, many Hongkongers have had a head start in tasting wines from the southern European country. There is a ready stash of Portuguese wines in Macau and some of us remember Mateus Ros?

Thursday, 8 December, 2011, 12:00am

Grape escape

It's fitting that on an island renowned for its fortified wine, I'm lying in a bath filled with it, the purple liquid making islands of my knees and lapping at my chin like I'm some kind of goddess. True, these grapes - or more precisely grape skin and vine-leaf extracts - aren't the varieties found here on Madeira.

14 Nov 2010 - 12:00am

Growing a name in wine

FOR MANY YEARS Portugal's reputation as a wine-producing country was allowed to rest mostly on Port and Madeira. Nobody disputed the excellence of those spirit-fortified classics, but Portuguese table wines tended to be regarded as less serious.

10 Jun 2006 - 12:00am


In the 1700s, winemaking was a messy, unpredictable business. As a result, canny wine exporters often doused their barrels of wine with alcohol to bolster their stability before shipping. Consumers liked these souped-up wines and today there are many wine regions that specialise in wines fortified with alcohol.

19 Feb 2006 - 12:00am



Woodstock 2003, $130

A century ago, the small, hard and sweet verdelho grape was renowned for being the raw material for Madeira, a sweet Portuguese wine famed as the wine

11 Apr 2004 - 12:00am


Wine: Talijancich Verdelho Grape: Verdelho Region: Swan Valley, Western Australia Vintage: 1995 Handover time is here and there is no shortage of souvenirs and memorabilia to mark the occasion and relieve the public of their hard-earned cash.

29 Jun 1997 - 12:00am

Mateus Rose tops favoured selection

THE best place in the world to drink Portuguese wines is, of course, Portugal, but the best in Asia is Macau.

There are two reasons for this.

Much of Macau retains its quasi-European ambience which makes savouring a good wine there a pleasant experience.

10 Jun 1995 - 12:00am