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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 visited Blandy's again and was well impressed with the changes made and the very interesting story on how Blandy's was established. After the guided tour, there s the... read more

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We visited Blandy's again and was well impressed with the changes made and the very interesting story on how Blandy's was established. After the guided tour, there s the opportunity for tasting a selection of Madeira which was well appreciated. Well worth a visit in our view.

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Well worth visiting to learn about the historic Madeira wine production. The building is steeped in history and the guide was informative and pleasant.

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A good tour of the wine lodge with knowledgeable guide. Mid level tour includes a tasting at the end.

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Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Lovely old building on main Avenue in Funchal opposite The fab Ritz Cafe. Interesting 45 min tour with 2 wine tastings at end. Has stairs to climb. 10% discount offered off purchases on day. Can buy and collect after security at airports. Worth the 5.95Euros.

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Received such a nice and informative tour by superb Sofia at Blandy's wine lounge. It was well explained the process how the wine is produced, and afterwards we had samples of two different wines. We ended up buying three bottles. :)

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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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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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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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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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