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Address: Avenida Arriaga 28, Funchal, Madeira 9000-064, Portugal
Phone Number: +351 291 228 978
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Acquired in 1840 by Charles Ridpath Blandy, the Blandy's Wine Lodge has...

Acquired in 1840 by Charles Ridpath Blandy, the Blandy's Wine Lodge has always been and is still an integral part of the production of Blandy's Madeira Wine.

Located in the center of Funchal, Blandy's Wine Lodge allows visitors to Madeira an opportunity to experience first hand Madeira Wine in the making. Our tours will guide you through some of the history of the wine, its development and evolution, as well as the opportunity to taste the various styles of Madeira.

Blandy's Madeira celebrated its bicentennial in 2011, the Blandy Wine Lodges give you a privileged perspective on 200 years of Madeira Wine.

The lodge was bought by Charles Ridpath in the mid-19th century and not only was it an extremely valuable property, but was also very useful due to the fact that it was directly connected to the family's town house.

Each one of the Lodge's rooms have their own character and due to the differing temperatures and humidity, the wines all have differing ageing profiles based on their location within the lodge. The eastern warehouse holds wine dating back to 1920 and the family's private vintage collection is held within thick stone walls, below the ground floor. The museum holds artefacts that include letters from Sir. Winston Churchill, coins from Blandy's bank and the island's oldest wooden lagar, dating back to the 17th Century. Murals from the renowned German artist Max Romer decorate the tasting room and references from the company's wide range of vintage wines are held in the sala frasqueira.

Today the Lodge is the heart of the family's wine business where over 650 casks, tonnels and vats are stored, ageing the finest of the family's wines in the traditional canteiro method.

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Good visit, amazing wine

We loved Madeiran wine so came here to find out more about it. The tour was cheap and the lady taking it was knowledgeable and welcomed questions. The tour including wine... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 days ago
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

We loved Madeiran wine so came here to find out more about it. The tour was cheap and the lady taking it was knowledgeable and welcomed questions. The tour including wine tasting lasted around 2 hours. You get to try two types of wine. The museum was interesting too. Recommended overall.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

There was a group ahead of us and one following, but we still had an interesting tour. We heard about the history of the family and the differences in Madeira wine. After the tastings, where most of our group preferred dry, we visited the gift shop. I purchased one of the sampler packages for a gift. The gift shop was... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

We learned about the history of Madeira wine and how it is made, then toured their complex and followed up with a tasting. You can buy samples or regular sized bottles right there and they do ship overseas.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

A very informative tour, the guide is very knowledgeable and enthusiastic, all helped along by the tastings at the end.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

This is well worth the time to visit. Very informative guide which links in information about Funchal. Good tasting too. Tip - between 10:30am and 12 noon there is a happy hour at the café by the exit to Blandy's.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

This tour round Blandy's winery was informative and interesting but not expensive. It was the story of the company, the different grapes and the making of the wine A wine tasting session was included at the end of the tour.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

We didn't expect a lot from this but it was a really interesting tour and our guide Sofia, was both knowledgable and charming. A worthwhile diversion for just under 6 euros and takes about an hour. There are wines to taste and they are there to buy at a 10% discount but with no sales pressure.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Fantastic welcome from the staff. Great selection of wines and a very warm smile from staff. If you have the chance make sure you visit the bar and have a walk around the courtyard.

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We visited here at the end of a tour and sledge ride. A nice building with some history, but we were given two tastes of Madeira and little explanation into the drinks or manufacturing. We left and enjoyed the city.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Enjoyed our trip around Blandy's- very informative guide and good value with the two tastings at the end

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