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Address: Avenida Arriaga 28, Funchal, Madeira 9000-064, Portugal
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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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Great visit, good tasting and nice to find a new liking for Madeira. You can buy and collect after security at the airport. Top tip.

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Great visit, good tasting and nice to find a new liking for Madeira. You can buy and collect after security at the airport. Top tip.

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We skipped the tour (which I heard was very good) and went right to the tasting :-) Upon the advice of the woman in the Vintage tasting room, we did a tasting of younger Madeiras, with the idea to come back and try our favorites at a more advanced age. My husband and I shared one flight each in the... More 

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Give it a go, intresting place to visit learn a bit about Madiera wine. Sophia was a very helpful guide.

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The most unique wine I have ever experienced. Madeira wine has a rich history and Blandy's is a very good place to get educated. We took the Premium lodge tour which was the mid range option. It is very affordable and satisfied our curiosity. It was complimented with a tasting and we left with a 22 year old vintage that... More 

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Interesting insight into the Blandy family and the production of Madeira wine. Well presented but a few stools strategically placed would be of benefit for those who enjoy Madeira wine but find climbing stairs and standing for 45 minutes a trial.

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Escaped the relentless rain on the Blandy's tour. Our guide Rita spoke better English than some Brits. Rita is warm and engaging, knows her stuff and humourous too. We were a fairly large group but it was no problem. Rita invited questions and was never caught out. Even " have YOU ever suffered from a fungal disease" didn't phase her.... More 

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Attended as part of a group tour for a wine tasting. Usually this means an explanation from the host regarding how the wines are produced, what we should look for as we taste them, how to enjoy them more, etc. Got none of this - only our wine sample as we walked in. Despite the fact that this was the... More 

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is a fascinating fact and story filled hour touring this very old winery with a guide who tells you a lot, but knows even more about the product, its history and its manufacture. And you get to sample the wine. What is there not to like?

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This was a really interesting trip. Had a really good guide and found the tour both interesting and informative. Great tasting session afterwards.

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Lovely guide and interesting, historic and delicious, what more could you want. Loved the tasting at the end and chatting with the other tourists. Fun time.

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