Madeira is a fortified wine that lasts a long time. Depending on how sweet it is, it is often served as an aperitif or dessert wine. It is also used in cooking, especially for making sauces. Madeira usually has a rich taste with nuts and caramel. Since brandy is added to it, it is a very strong wine.
Madeira is put into groups based on the year it was made, the grapes it was made from, and how sweet it was.