The story goes that Madeira's main mentor was Infante D. Henrique, who encouraged the cultivation of the Malvasia Cândida variety, from Candia de Crete, on the island of Madeira, which proved to be a success. In the middle of the 15th century, Madeira Wine was already exported, whose export routes included Europe, where it was considered of greater refinement, having even been used as a perfume for the handkerchiefs of the ladies of the court. The prestige of this nectar was such that references to it are not uncommon in the history, arts and legends of some nations.
The sweetest style of fortified wine produced on the Portuguese island of Madeira, located 400 miles off the coast of West Africa. Made from black ink grapes grown on slopes of volcanic soil, this wine achieves its unique characteristics through the stuffing process. It is then matured in oak barrels for up to 3 years before being mixed and bottled. This wine is the richest of all 3-year-old woods. It has a sleek and smooth texture, with distinctly full watermelon. It is ideal as an after dinner drink.