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Blandy's Wine Lodge

Avenida Arriaga 28, Funchal, Madeira 9000-064, Portugal
+351 291 228 978
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We took the 'first available English tour' it turned out to be the basic but was packed with info... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
KJames29
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Preston, United Kingdom
A waste of money

Made a special trip into Funchal for this - I wouldn't bother! The tour was very rushed with no... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
Debra W
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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 3 days ago

We took the 'first available English tour' it turned out to be the basic but was packed with info from a very knowledgable guide. With hindsight I would have take the Vintage as it goes more in depth but the what we had was very...More

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Reviewed 4 days ago

Made a special trip into Funchal for this - I wouldn't bother! The tour was very rushed with no time to read the information boards. Tour guide gave very little information, felt cheated by the experience.

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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

This place is great to visit. Very nice interior which is very traditional. 3 tastings of Madeiran wine and cake. A must if in Funchal.

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Reviewed 5 days ago

The wine is great. You can buy here it. The excursion is nice. We can recommend a visit of this place.

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Reviewed 6 days ago

The guide was excellent even though she had a large group. Her timing was good and allowed all to move at own pace. The two tastings illustrated her talk well along with the chocolate.we didn't have time to eat but will return.

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We had heard and read a lot about this place, so we booked the basic tour. This was a big disappointment, with some knowledge of wine, we found that the tour guide was out of her depth when answering anything in detail.She was using incorrect...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

A very comprehensive tour explaining the method of making Madeira and a very interesting museum finishing with a tasting of two different wines. We found that insufficient time was allowed to examine the exhibits in the museum being hurried through. We were later told that...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

The building itself is interesting. The tour less so, but we have done other better wine tours. The girl was very pleasant but spoke too quickly and with quite an accent that I missed some of the talk. 3 types of wine to try at...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

We thoroughly enjoyed the tour at Blandy's. The tour was led by a knowledgable member of staff with good English. There are lots of exhibits to view and we all learned a lot about the process of making Madeira and its history. After the guided...More

Thank Ian W
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Well worth a visit both for the history and the beautiful architecture. And the wine of course! A very well preserved, atmospheric old building enlivened by plants and flowers. Some beautiful murals on the wall of the shop show the production of the wine. Part...More

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Hello Kathryn G, yes there were children on the tour we took.
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A barrel may be the solution!!! Best suggestion.
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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
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