Brandy distilled from wine
Grape brandies are distilled wines made from grapes. The most popular grape brandies are Cognac and Armagnac, which are made in France. Brandy is also made in Spain and Portugal, where it is called brandy de Jerez and aguardente, respectively. In Italy, brandy is called grappa, while in Germany it is called weinbrand. Grape brandies are typically aged in oak barrels for a minimum of two years. This ageing gives the brandy its distinct flavour and amber colour. The longer the brandy is aged, the more smooth and mellow it becomes.