Ratafia is a fortified red wine made with the addition of oranges and other herbs and spices to make a unique style of wine used both as an aperitif and as a dessert wine. With tangy citrus and notes of vanilla, Ratafia mixes well with cocktails and makes a delicious Kir when served with Champagne.
Our wine maker, Nan Bailly, learned to make Ratafia in the Rhone Valley, France while working as a student and often made it as a gift for friends and family before commercial production began in 1997.
Ratafia is found in areas of Spain, France and Italy and is considered to be a regional folk wine, the ingredients changing with the local indigenous fruits, herbs, and spices. The name comes from an old world drink going back to the 15th century that was used to toast the “ratification” of a treaty.
Our distinctive package design was awarded third place at the prestigious San Francisco Wine Competition.
Minneapolis artist Leon Hushcha created the painting for the label.
Style: A red fortified aperitif/dessert wine
Residual Sweetness: 9%
Grapes: Maréchal Foch infused with other fruits, herbs and spices
Cellar: Drink now – an open bottle will stay fresh for 1 month
Food Match: As an aperitif, with nuts or olives. For dessert, with chocolate.