Madeira wine bottle

What is Madeira and where can you buy it?

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Discover what Madeira is, where to shop for it, and how to use it in our ingredient glossary

What is Madeira?

Madeira is a fortified wine made on the Portuguese island of the same name in the Atlantic. Originally, the wine was fortified with brandy so that it wouldn’t spoil on long journeys. During these journeys it would heat and cool at various times, intensifying and deepening the flavour. This is now part of the process for making modern-day Madeira. It can be drunk alone (it makes a good aperitif) as well as used in cooking.


Where to buy Madeira

Blandy’s Duke of Clarence Rich Madeira Wine, £12.50/75cl, Tesco

Blandy’s Duke of Clarence Rich Madeira Wine, £12/75cl, Amazon


Madeira recipes

Roast goose with madeira gravy

Roast goose makes a great alternative to turkey and is delicious with madeira gravy. It’s also easier than you might think.

Roast Goose With Madeira Gravy Recipe