Frequently Asked Questions
  • I thought Madeira was just for cooking?
  • There are many different types of Madeira and yes, some are known for cooking. However, the Haak Texas Madeira requires a minimum of three years to produce and is considered an ultra-premium wine intended for drinking and enjoying to the fullest. So while you can cook with it, it’s created with the intention of being shared as a delicious drink instead.
  • How long will a bottle of Madeira last once opened?
  • Since Madeira is already oxidized, it can last in excess of a year.
  • When is the best time to enjoy Madeira?
  • All enjoyment of wine is based on your individual likes and tastes. However, Madeira can be enjoyed before a meal (drier styles), as an aperitif, as a stand-alone dessert or with paired with dessert.
  • How and where can I purchase it?
  • Haak has retailers throughout the country, but we also offer convenient online purchases through our website.
  • Does Haak offer discounts on Madeira?
  • We have multi-bottle discounts of 3-5 bottles at 5% off, 6 or more bottles at 10% off. We also offer a wine club membership that provides many benefits including a 20% discount off all wine purchased, regardless of quantity. For more information on Haak Winery’s wine club, please visit: http://www.haakwine.com/wine_club/.
  • How do you pronounce “Madeira?”
  • Ma-DARE-uh. This led to the fun “Do You Madeira” concept, a play on words for “Do You Dare?”
  • What’s the difference between Madeira from Portugal and Texas Madeira?
  • Madeira from Portugal is considered by some to be the only true Madeira (similar to how Champagne is only truly acknowledged from Champagne, France). However, with the help of modern technology and advances in winemaking, Haak’s Texas Madeira burst onto the scene and hasn’t looked back since. Created using the same “estufagem” heating methods, our Texas Madeira resembles the true Portugal Madeira in every way. In a blind taste test, Haak’s Texas Madeira received only one point below a 59-year-old Madeira – a wine that received a 93 by Wine Spectator! If you ask us, there’s no difference at all, aside from the fact that ours is created in the great state of Texas.