Checkers - Better and Better | Fortified Wine


Fortified wines are generally produced by adding (fortifying) a wine with brandy. Due to legislation, nothing made outside of Portugal, where the product originates from, can be called a “Port”. In the same way, Sherry comes from “Jerez”, a product of Spain. All this means that, in South Africa, these types of wines must be labelled using “-style”, “-type” or “-like”, or classify it using “Cape” in the name, such as Cape Pink, Cape White and Cape Tawny.

On our shelves we bring you the best of both worlds. From Portugal, we stock a number of Ports, like the Portal Fine Tawny Port, as well as local favourites like De Krans Cape Ruby. They range from the younger 5-year-olds to the more mature 10 and 30-year-olds. Have a look at how these can pair with all your favourite meals.


A sweet dessert wine, also known as Muscat or Hanepoot. Enjoy with: not too sweet fruit and nut-based desserts. Cheese: strong, sharp blue cheese. Our range includes: Orange River Cellars, Montagu and more.

Sherry-style wine

Fortified white wines ranging from sweet to dry. Enjoy with: walnuts, cured meats. Cheese: Gorgonzola, Gruyère. Our range includes: Monis and other popular brands.

Portuguese Ports

Fortified wine from the Douro Valley in Portugal. Enjoy with: crème brûlée, duck liver pâté. Cheese: blue cheese, farmhouse Cheddar. Our range includes: Portal, Ruby Port and 10, 20, 30 and 40-year-old Tawny.

Port-style wine

Although we cannot call ours “Port”, South Africa produces award-winning port-style wines. Pair with: toasted almonds, dark chocolate. Cheese: farmhouse Cheddar, Brie. Our range includes: De Krans, Boplaas.

  • Recipes to pair with FORTIFIED WINE