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“Madeira Wine”

Blandy's Wine Lodge
Ranked #6 of 149 things to do in Funchal
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Owner description: 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.
Reviewed 28 May 2014

A very good tour of the lodge where Madeira wine is made and stored. Very interesting as I had not been in this sort of place before

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Reviewed 27 May 2014

We visited on a saturday, we were hoping for for one of the more extensive tours but they do not make it clear what is available at what times. We had to settle for the Lodge tour but that was well worth the money and very informative. Have been buying Madeira in the UK for years but never knew much about it, now I do and I know what to look out for/

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Reviewed 13 May 2014

This is the place for Madeira wine,even if you don't like the stuff(Like a mixture of port and sherry).
I pre booked an English tour(had to email to confirm having not heard from the online query)
Very interesting tour and explanation of the history.About 45 mins.
A tasting of 5 and 15 yr old stuff at the end..No pressure to buy at all.

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Reviewed 4 May 2014

Such a frustrating visit but coming from a wine-tourist, it does have to be on your itinerary - simply for the historical significance, and to appreciate the overall contribution that Blandys have had to initiate, maintain, and resurrect twice the Madeira wine industry and here, this is where it happened, tonnery and all, up until recently when they decamped to the modern premises just up the road. But my advice is to Avoid the tour programmes which were in 2 languages for us - English and German, quite a large crowd, interminably slow, and most if not all the information is available on the notices and signs for the individual visitor just wanting to wander around without a guide. The tasting was perfunctory compared with d'Oliveras and Barbeito, but crowded with casual visitors; the effect of being so accessible from the tourist area of Funchal. If in Funchal - you kind of have to go here, though you are competing with the largely disinterested Organised Tour Group scene. IMO, however, the Blandy range is fairly same-ey, and not far removed from every day Sherry, and sure, pleasant enough, but there are other Maderias out there which are much more interesting and distinct.

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Reviewed 2 May 2014

Spent a forty five minute tour discovering the history and process of making this wine. Terrific building and an interesting museum. At times difficult to hear the guide, partly acoustics and very large tour group, so bits were missed. Declined to buy at the end as we could get it cheaper elsewhere.

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