vin santo

Definition

Wine

  • an Italian style of sweet white wine made in several regions of Italy, particularly Tuscany, from grapes that have been dried out to increase the concentration of natural sugar. These grapes are crushed, pressed and fermented in the usual process for making white wine but are stored in small vats or barrels that contain a small amount of ‘madre’, a reduced sweet liquid produced from the previous year’s wine. The wine stays in these barrels for up to five or six years and is allowed to oxidise and vary in temperature, all of which helps the ageing process to produce sweet white wines with a rich golden colour and an alcohol content of below 17 per cent that is relatively low compared to a fortified sweet white wine.
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