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Torna Viagem

Portuguese term for special dessert wines from Madeira or Setúbal, which have undergone the traditional and formerly customary journey by ship in the tropics. The special type of production, also called Madeirisation in terms of typical taste and colour, already occurred (at the latest) in the 17th century purely by chance, when, among other goods, Madeira wines were also exported by ship from the capital Funchal, especially by the Dutch to South America (Brazil) and other overseas colonies such as Angola, Mozambique and Macau. In order to obtain a certain sweetness and to increase the shelf life of these wines, they were spritzed with fermentation-stopping alcohol. This was nothing unusual and is also known from port wine and Spanish sherry.

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