Sweet Wines

Sweet wines, with their luscious flavours and often complex aromas, have been cherished by wine enthusiasts for centuries. These wines have a long history of delighting palates across the globe and offer a unique drinking experience. Let’s delve into the world of sweet wines to explore different types, uncover the truth about their health effects, and learn some fascinating facts about these delectable beverages. We’ll also discuss examples of sweet wines, including notable options from The Wine Shop Kenya.


Different Types of Sweet Wines in Kenya. 

Sweet wines come in a variety of styles and from different regions, each with its unique characteristics and flavour profiles. Some popular types of sweet wines include:

  1. Late Harvest Wines: These wines are made from grapes that are left on the vine longer than usual, allowing them to develop higher sugar levels: The grapes are harvested later in the season when they are very ripe and have high sugar content, resulting in a sweet wine. Late harvest wines are often rich and sweet, with flavours ranging from honey and apricot to tropical fruits.
  2. Ice Wines: Ice wines are made from grapes that have been left to freeze on the vine. The freezing process concentrates the sugars in the grapes, resulting in a sweet and intensely flavoured wine. Ice wine is intensely sweet and often has flavours of apricot, peach, and honey.
  3. Dessert Wines: Dessert wines are sweet wines that are typically served with dessert or as a dessert themselves. They can be made from a variety of grapes and may range from lightly sweet to rich and syrupy.
  4. Fortified Wines: Fortified wines, such as Port and Sherry, are wines to which a distilled spirit, such as brandy, has been added during fermentation. This process stops fermentation, leaving residual sugars in the wine and resulting in a sweet and fortified beverage. This not only increases the alcohol content but also preserves the natural sweetness of the wine.


Are Sweet Wines Good or Bad for You? Benefits of Sweet Wines.

  • Antioxidant Content: Sweet wines, like their dry counterparts, contain antioxidants, particularly polyphenols. These compounds can help reduce oxidative stress and inflammation in the body, potentially lowering the risk of chronic diseases.
  • Moderation is Key: Consuming sweet wines in moderation can provide the same cardiovascular benefits associated with moderate wine consumption, such as improved heart health and reduced risk of certain types of cancer.

Sweet wines, like all alcoholic beverages, should be enjoyed in moderation. Their health benefits can be enjoyed if consumption is controlled. Excessive consumption can lead to negative health effects, including an increased risk of liver disease, obesity, and certain types of cancer.


Do Sweet Wines Have Added Sugar?

Most sweet wines do not have added sugar. Instead, their sweetness comes from the natural residual sugar in the grapes, which is the natural grape sugar left in the wine after fermentation. Winemakers can control the sweetness by stopping the fermentation process before all the sugar is converted to alcohol. Some sweet wines, like Port, achieve their sweetness through fortification, where alcohol is added during fermentation to stop the process and retain natural sugars.


Examples of Sweet Wines in Kenya.

  1. Riesling: Riesling is a versatile white grape variety that can produce a wide range of styles, from bone-dry to intensely sweet. German Rieslings, in particular, are known for their sweetness and acidity balance.
  2. Moscato: Moscato, or Muscat, wines are known for their floral aromas and sweet, fruity flavours. They are often low in alcohol and are a popular choice for those new to sweet wines. Known for its light, fruity, and floral flavours, Moscato is often slightly sparkling and can be a perfect dessert wine.
  3. Sauternes: Sauternes is a rich, sweet white wine from the Bordeaux region of France. It is made from botrytized grapes, which are grapes that have been affected by the noble rot fungus, resulting in a concentrated, sweet wine. Sauternes is made from Sémillon, Sauvignon Blanc, and Muscadelle grapes affected by noble rot.
  4. Port: Port is a fortified wine from Portugal that is typically sweet and rich, with flavours of dried fruits, nuts, and spices. It is often served as a dessert wine or paired with cheese. Port is available in various styles, including Ruby, Tawny, and Vintage, each with distinct sweetness and flavour profiles.


Examples of Sweet Wines from The Wine Shop Kenya.

Here are some notable sweet wines available at The Wine Shop Kenya:

  1. B&G Cuvée Speciale Nature Sweet Rouge: A blend of Grenache, Carignan, and Cinsault from France, this wine offers a balanced sweetness with rich, fruity flavors.
  2. Kumala Cape Medium Sweet Red: This wine features an enticing bouquet of plums and red berries, offering a smooth, sweet finish perfect for various occasions.
  3. Lindeman’s BIN 46 Sweet Red: Known for its rich and luscious full fruit flavors, this wine is perfect for those who enjoy a sweet yet robust red wine experience.
  4. Viala Sweet Bianco: A delightful sweet white wine, ideal for pairing with desserts or enjoying on its own. Its balanced sweetness and refreshing profile make it versatile.

These examples highlight the diversity and quality of sweet wines available, catering to different tastes and preferences.


Interesting Facts About Sweet Wines.

  1. Noble Rot: Some of the world’s most famous sweet wines, like Sauternes and Tokaji, are made from grapes affected by Botrytis cinerea, a beneficial mould known as noble rot. This process concentrates the sugars and flavours in the grapes, producing rich, sweet wines. This fungus that affects grapes is responsible for the distinctive flavours of some sweet wines.
  2. Longevity: Sweet wines are known for their longevity and can often be aged for decades, developing complex flavours and aromas over time.
  3. Ancient Origins: Sweet wines have been highly prized throughout history and enjoyed since ancient times. Ancient civilizations, including the Greeks and Romans, enjoyed sweet wines, and they were often reserved for special occasions and celebrations. The Greeks and Romans prized sweet wines, often made by sun-drying grapes to concentrate their sugars.
  4. Ice Wine Production: Ice wine production is a labour-intensive process. Grapes are harvested while frozen, often in the middle of the night, to ensure they remain frozen until pressing. This results in a highly concentrated, sweet wine.
  5. Versatile Food Pairings: Sweet wines are incredibly versatile when it comes to food pairings. They can be enjoyed with desserts, cheeses, and spicy dishes, where the sweetness balances the heat. The sweetness of the wine can complement the flavours of the food and create a harmonious balance.

Delicious sweet wines offer a delightful drinking experience with their rich flavours and natural sweetness when enjoyed in moderation. They offer a range of flavours and styles to suit every palate, from light and refreshing to rich and decadent. They can provide health benefits similar to other wines. The diversity of sweet wines, from Moscato to Port, ensures that there is something for every palate.

With examples like those available at The Wine Shop Kenya, exploring the world of sweet wines can be a rewarding journey for any wine enthusiast: Whether you’re exploring for the first time or are a seasoned enthusiast, there’s always something new and exciting to discover in this fascinating category of wines. For more examples and to explore sweet wines further, you can visit The Wine Shop Kenya Wine Bar and Café.


Wine Delivery in Nairobi.

Purchase the best sweet wines in Kenya at affordable prices! Order online and choose from our selection of sweet wine brands. Whether you would like Australian sweet wines, or sweet wines from France or Italian sweet wines, we’ve got you covered! Receive your sweet wine delivery in 24 to 48 hours or, if you need it sooner, in 2 hours if you choose in-store pickup.


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