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Address: Avenida Arriaga 28, Funchal, Madeira 9000-064, Portugal
Phone Number:
291228978
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10:00 - 13:00
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Mon - Fri 10:00 - 18:30
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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 went on the tour it takes about 40 minutes with a very knowledgeable guide and a tasteing at the end well worth the visit

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

We were passing Blandys and somehow got drawn into its dark interior. You don't have to take the tours offered and, like us, you can take in the history of the place and Madeira wine without being shepherded around the building. It's reasonably interesting and the staff are friendly and knowledgeable and, if you like Madeira wine, it's the place... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

We went on the tour it takes about 40 minutes with a very knowledgeable guide and a tasteing at the end well worth the visit

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Blandys wine lodge is a really unique building in Funchal - we believe it's been a hospital and convent in the past. The tours are great to see the building and learn about how the wine is made and stored, and to learn of the history on the island. We did the combined premium and vintage tours, and I would... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We went with a small group and werewell served. It's a nice atmospheric tasting room and we got to sample 2 flavours

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Thank 490theos
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

My husband and I visited Blandy's and had the pleasure of learning about the various Madeira wines. A wonderful tour of the building and learning about its history.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

I was very impressed with the knowledge and passion of the staff. They knew about and were involved with the whole process of making the wine and the enthusiasm of our guide shone through in her tour. Really worth doing!

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Thank HCRose
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Very interesting ... Good tour , not expensive tells you history of Madeira and the blandy family . After you go sit down and try the wines and you can purchase if you wish ,,,,

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

A very good tour to give the history of Madeira wine making with some interesting exhibits.Friendly,knowlegible ,young lady guide plus the added bonus of tastings of the delicious Madeira wine.Being an ex engineer I would have liked to have spent a bit more time examining some of the old machinery and equipment but being a group it was necessary for... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Very well presented tour with a small taster of wine to finish. Lots of history and information given by young professional ladies

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Very interesting tour around with a friendly guide, good price mid range at 5.95€ per head lasts about 40 mins plus two tastings. You can purchase more tastings and buy on site or pick up at the airport on way home.

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