American Fortified Port-style Wines 

    

SFWA Fortified Wine
Terminology 
A.  Must be fortified with grape wine spirits.
 
B.  “Fortified” is any grape wine blended with wine grape spirits achieving an alcohol level of 18% - 24%.

C.  “Light Fortified” refers to any grape wine blended with wine grape spirits achieving an alcohol level less than 17.9% alcohol.
 
D.  There is no recommended standard for residual sugar (RS).
 
E.  “Ruby” is the term for a fortified port-style wine released with less than six years of barrel aging.

F.  “Tawny” is the term for a fortified port-style wine released with a minimum of six years barrel aging.

G.  “Vintage” is a term for a fortified port-style wine declared “vintage” by the producer, showing the vintage date on the label, and aged in barrel for no more than three years.

H.  “Vintage Character” is a term for a fortified port-style wine not vintage dated but aged in barrel four to six years.