Who Produces Madeira Wine
Though the gorgeous terraced vineyards that produce the grapes that make Madeira Wine are owned by many, many small producers, there are only 7 Madeira Wine producers, companies who gather the grapes picked by those small land owners and make and store the heavenly nectar in their Madeira Wine cellars. Most of these delightful wine cellars can be visited so you can learn about the fascinating process behind the production of this wine whose history goes back five centuries and taste the myriad of flavours that are encapsulated in a single glass of Madeira Wine.
Henriques & Henriques
Henriques & Henriques, Vinhos S.A., have their wine cellars in the charming fishing village of Câmara de Lobos, though their production and bottling facilities are nearer Cabo Girão, the highest sea cliff in Europe. It is an interesting visit as you will even see whisky casks that have been sent here to hold Madeira Wine for a couple of years before being shipped back to Scotland to give flavour to the whisky.
H. M. Borges
H. M. Borges, Sucrs, Lda., a family run business whose fourth generation continues to work with patience and dedication to store ancient wines in their wine cellars. They are based in the centre of Funchal.
Justino’s – Madeira Wines, S.A., one of the oldest Madeira Wine producers and exporters, it was a family run business up until 1993, when it partnered with one of the largest French spirit and wines companies, allowing Justino’s to become one of the market leaders in the export of Madeira Wine all over the world.
Madeira Wine Company, S.A., this is one of the largest Madeira Wine producers and exporters as it resulted from the association in the beginning of the twentieth century of four family run businesses which have been producing wine for hundreds of years: Blandy, Leacock, Miles and Cossart Gordon. The delightful wine cellars at the Blandy’s Madeira Wine Lodge can be visited every day in the centre of Funchal and tours provide a valuable insight into the history and making of Madeira Wine.
Pereira D' Oliveira
Pereira d’Oliveira (Vinhos), Lda., a company which has been run by the same family for five generation. You can visit their main wine cellars behind the Colégio Church in the centre of Funchal where the wonderful scent from the wines stored in the oak casks in this building which dates back to 1609 will imprint itself on the memories you make while discovering Madeira. They are open for a free tasting from Monday to Friday between 9.30 a.m. and 6 p.m. and on Saturdays between 9h30 a.m. and 1 p.m.
Vinhos Barbeito (Madeira), Lda., one of the youngest companies in the business of producing and exporting Madeira Wine, it has been run by the family since 1946. Being the youngest it is also considered the boldest and most irreverent in experimenting with their wonderful wines and stunning packaging. Their modern facilities can be visited on a hillside above Câmara de Lobos where you will get a perspective of their unique blend of tradition and modernity.
J. Faria & Filhos
J. Faria & Filhos, Lda., a company founded in 1949 which produces a variety of products including Madeira Wine, rums, fruit liqueurs, brandy and fruit juices.
Wine Tour Review
"Everyone should take this tour which will further enhance your love of this beautiful island."
Hunterselkirk “Informative and personal”, 08th April 2016 - 5 star rating: Highly Recommended