Sweet and strong alcohol Vin de liqueur (also Ratafia de Champagne) from France, in the Champagne mostly manufactured for own consumption and as aperitif or drunk to sweet desserts. The term "Ratafia" dates back to the 16th century and derives from the Latin "rata fiat conventio" in the sense of a trade. After a satisfactory agreement among business people, the business with this fortified wine was approved or, as it were, "ratified". First, the grapes are mostly from Chardonnay and Pinot Noir dried like a raisin. They will not be there until the following spring grape soaked and thus a relatively short fermentation started by adding brandy or Marc Stopped early and the alcohol content is aufspritet to 17 to 23% vol. Thereafter, the wine is stored for at least a year in steel tanks or wooden barrels. There are red, white and rosé variants. The name Ratafia is not protected and is also used in Ticino and Graubünden (Switzerland) and in northern Italy for a nut liqueur.