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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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We went on both the premier and vintage tours. The staff were knowledgeable and fun and the atmosphere was relaxed. The tastings were varied and generous, particularly on the... read more

Reviewed 6 October 2016
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Reviewed 6 October 2016 via mobile

We went on both the premier and vintage tours. The staff were knowledgeable and fun and the atmosphere was relaxed. The tastings were varied and generous, particularly on the vintage tour. Don't drink them in just two gulps (!). These fortified wines are much richer than table wine, but we felt knowledgeable about the processes used to make these distinctive... More 

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Reviewed 6 October 2016

There are a variety of different priced tours and we went on the 45 minute tour. Our guide was extremely knowledgeable and humorous at times. You can order your wine at the end of the tour and collect from their shop at the airport which saves carrying it around or risk putting it in a suitcase

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Reviewed 6 October 2016 via mobile

Not expensive and you did get to taste 2 wines but could have been so much better. Guide spoke excellent English but hurried us through the rooms. Didn't get chance to really take it all in. Would also have liked the opportunity to buy extra tastings and have had a tutored session... But no. In summary, we weren't ripped off... More 

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Reviewed 6 October 2016

Enjoyed the premium lodge tour ( 3 different tours availablewith varying prices) learnt a lot about the the grapes used , production of Madeira wine & its storage. However was slightly disappointed as tasting was limited to 2 varieties & the gift shop didn't reflect what we had seen.

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Reviewed 5 October 2016

This is a treasure trove of wines and souveniers for Tourists and not too expensive. Tourists lined up to pay for bottles of wines and other items of local interest. Everyone spoke perfect English so no translators were required - the Original Wine Mervchanty Blandy came from UK!

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Reviewed 5 October 2016

Really informative and inetersting tour ending with a tasting. Book to avoid cruise ship tours and choose a tour in english or your own language..

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Reviewed 3 October 2016

A typical tour, costly, Madeira wine is ok if you like sherry, like most tours it is pushing you to buy wine!!

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Reviewed 3 October 2016

A very interesting guided tour showing the history of the wine making on the island. Good value for money and tasting at the end !

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Reviewed 3 October 2016

There were three tours available and we went on the one lasting about 45 minutes. There were both one shorter and one longer tour available. The guides were informative and the tour finished off with a visit to the museum and the gift shop. If you bought wine you had the option to pick it up in the airport, after... More 

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Reviewed 2 October 2016

Really enjoyed this tour. They have 3 different tours and we went for the middle one at just under €6 included tasting. Great guide, who gave clear information and answered all questions. Tasted two wines at the end and given 10% off any purchase and collect at the airport.

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