Fortify yourself for autumn

Between Brexit, new blends and continued popularity, port wines and sherry are enjoying an upsurge in sales

The Douro River flows into the Atlantic in northern Portugal

Despite almost two decades of being told that fortified wines are a thing of the past, the thirst, interest and passion for them is as strong as ever. There are even signs of a significant upswing in pre-sales of vintage port for the soon to be released 2016 vintage.

Brexit may have a part to play here. Britain is a very important market for port wines and sherry, and prices there will leap ...