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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 food and wine in a small courtyard

Stopped for a light lunch before taking the wine tour - a nice refined experience with well dressed... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Stephen M
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London, United Kingdom
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Historic establishment and Classic Tour

A must for anyone visiting Funchal - this place is steeped in history. Amazing for wine fans... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
arrantenkilometres
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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
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Stopped for a light lunch before taking the wine tour - a nice refined experience with well dressed waiters. Small but lovely menu, we all ate well including some lovely deserts.

Thank Stephen M
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

A must for anyone visiting Funchal - this place is steeped in history. Amazing for wine fans - still very worthwhile, even if you solely drink Stella.

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Reviewed 1 week ago

No need to book, we just turned up. For just about 6 Euros you get a 45 min live guided tour of the storage area for Madeira wine - it is not made there. Welcome and plentiful tasting and the chance to buy at good...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

My husband and I attended the two higher tours. The guide was brilliantly informed and no question was left unanswered. Samples were not stingy and were quite delicious.

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Stumbled on this winery by chance and glad we did. We did a pack testing so 4 wines for 10.50 euros which was worth the money. Didn't buy any wine though due to luggage space etc but you can purchase some of the wines at...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

Went here for a wine tour, personally found it very boring the guide we had just went on and on and on and on i swear she broke sentences up to get extra words in had two mediocre glasses of wine at the end and...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We came here due to the good reviews and weren’t disappointed! The tour was very interesting (we are all in our mid-twenties and we loved it) and our tour guide, Rita, was fantastic! We loved the sample of Madeira wine they gave us at the...More

Thank Ally M
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Reviewed 1 week ago

This wine lodge was right i the city centre & has a great history. The tour was informative & very interseting. Questions were welcome throughout & there was a tasting at the end! Great value & fun.

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Reviewed 1 week ago

Disappointed with Blandys even though I came away with a 20 year old Madeira. The city tour didn't amount to much and although we went to a few producers with Blandys 3 and 5 year olds were only on offer. If you wanted to taste...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

If you are into wines, then go visit this wine lodge. There is a museum of the history and the story of Madeira wine. At the end there is a wine tasting. And a gift shop where you can buy wines as well as wine...More

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Cosmicgill
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Response from Stephen P | Reviewed this property |
4 tours per day and worth booking in advance to make sure aplaces are available
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Kathryn G
6 February 2018|
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Response from ruthiegee | Reviewed this property |
Hello Kathryn G, yes there were children on the tour we took.
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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.
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