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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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A must visit attraction to get the flavour of Madeira

They do set out the tour very well and Madeira is a bit different to other fortified wines, so this is not "just another winery visit", but is a bit different. The tour was... read more

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Dunblane, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

They do set out the tour very well and Madeira is a bit different to other fortified wines, so this is not "just another winery visit", but is a bit different. The tour was comprehensive and informative. Our guide was excellent and there was a tasting to finish with two different types of Madeira available to taste

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Take the Premium tour lasting 45 minutes. Book ahead online and they confirm by email. Pay when you get there. There is an explanation/tour of the process. You finish by having two tastings. You can then purchase from a wide variety at a discount price and collect at the airport after security. The 14.30 tour is the most popular and... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

We choose the 30 minute 'Lodge tour'. Pleasant enough, knowledgeable guide but a little difficult at times to understand. A lot on talking but no time to read the 'boards' of information. A small glass of Madeira provided for tasting at the end. Not a great tour, save for a wet day if you must.

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Really interesting and informative tour with charming and very well-informed guide - a fascinating insight into a key element of Madeira's past and present.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

I have no complaints about this place but it would still be a must do if I did - I mean if in Madeira etc... The 2.30 pm tour was busy and worth pre-booking. The tour was simple and easy to understand as well as being interesting and amusing. It was mainly storage and museum that was seen and as... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Tour well laid out. Attractive antiques and artefacts add interest. Good guide. Well explained. Enjoyed the tasting.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

I visited Blandy's wine lodge on Saturday morning for the 11am tour, I found the tour very informative the lady providing the tour was very experience in Blandy's production of wine and the history behind the family name and business. The tour ended with some wine tasting and the opportunity to buy.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Interesting tour, done a few wine tours before interesting to see how maderia is made in a different way. Do book ahead if possible as it is popular especially when a cruise ship is in town

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

The last day of our staying, we decided to visit this producer to have an idea about Madeira wine. There are many in the town center but this stood out for its position and organization. We booked a premium tour for just 5,90€ and we had a guide describing us the wine production and at the end we had the... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Beautiful wine lodge centrally located in downtown Funchal offering various tasting rooms ranging from modern to stone cellar. Well worth the visit.

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