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Blandy's Wine Lodge

Avenida Arriaga 28, Funchal, Madeira 9000-064, Portugal
+351 291 228 978
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Great wine tasting experience brought to hotel

We enjoyed this experience held at our hotel. The speaker was really good - we tried both dry and... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
London, United Kingdom

A nice way to spend an afternoon. We combined the premium and the vintage tours. This involved lots... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
Frank H
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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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Avenida Arriaga 28, Funchal, Madeira 9000-064, Portugal
+351 291 228 978

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Reviewed 2 days ago

We enjoyed this experience held at our hotel. The speaker was really good - we tried both dry and sweet varieties of Madeira wine. We were given a 10 % voucher to use in their shop in town with the added facility of collecting our...More

1  Thank cmcna12
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

A nice way to spend an afternoon. We combined the premium and the vintage tours. This involved lots of history and tasting of four different Madeira wines.

1  Thank Frank H
Reviewed 3 days ago

We were able to join a tour as soon as we walked in, I suspect you might need to normally wait 30-60 minutes for the next tour, of which there a couple of options. The guide was very good, didn't spend too much time on...More

1  Thank BobhRussell
Reviewed 3 days ago

The Blandy’s Tour has been well thought out. It has history, a charming museum, a knowledgeable guide and lots of detail. You will understand and appreciate Madeira wine much better by the end, and likely enjoy it more. The tasting at the end was the...More

1  Thank murmac2017
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Me and my friends enjoyed our 45 minute guided tour in Blandys. Our guide was witty and funny, and also provided us with useful information about different grapes, the type of wine they get it from each grape and what type of food it is...More

Thank Kärt L
Reviewed 4 days ago

Interesting look at the stages in making wines of Madeira. Found the old building and wine tasting rooms quite charming. Basic ticket includes tasting .

Thank JK65Toronto_Canada
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

We opted for the 4.30pm tour before returning to our hotel. The guide was enthusiastic and knowlegeable. It was well worth the very reasonable entry fee which included a tasting at the end and discounted wine and restaurant sales.

1  Thank Joan L
Reviewed 5 days ago

Sophie was our excellent guide on this tour of the lodge which lasted about an hour and included a tasting of two wines. Good photos and examples of wine making equipment compliment the huge barrels of Madeira in the lodge. We learnt a lot and...More

Thank Tricia C
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We wee interesting unlearning more about Madeira wines. The staff appeared arrogant and disinterested. Much inferior to the tours of the Port houses.

Thank riokc1800
Reviewed 1 week ago

We had a premium tour. Some people just turned up but we pre-booked by email, although we paid on the day. The tour was very interesting and whilst not indepth, we learned a lot about the types of grapes/different types of Maderia wine and how...More

Thank ukmummy
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Maggie R
28 August 2017|
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Response from Maggie R | Reviewed this property |
A barrel may be the solution!!! Best suggestion.
Kelly C
14 March 2017|
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Response from Hoggan67 |
Just spent 4 days in one of the apartments. They are great, very well furnished, lots of space, no noise from surrounding areas. You will see lots of reviews on booking, not on tripadvisor
Brenda B
13 March 2017|
Response from Ana V |
Dear Mrs. Brenda, Thank you for your contact and interest on visiting us! Regarding your email we would like to inform you that we daily guided tours at 10:30; 14:30; 15:30 and 16:30. Please find below more detail... More