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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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Very interesting tour learning about the history and production of local wine. We went for the premium tour for about 1 euro more. This allowed you to try 2 different wines at end... read more

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Kiltarlity, United Kingdom
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Very interesting tour learning about the history and production of local wine. We went for the premium tour for about 1 euro more. This allowed you to try 2 different wines at end of tour

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This is what Madeira is all about and the tasting at the end of the tour makes one want to retrace ones steps!

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Stevenage, United Kingdom
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The premier tour gives you 10% of Blandy's Madeira, either bought in their shop or delivered to the airport. The tour was good if not overly informative, the guide had a good sense of humour and was knowledgeable about the different grapes that are used, although a bit sketchy able the alcohol which is also added to produce Blandy's Madeira.... More 

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3 different tours with the vintage one requiring participation in the premium tour. Ticket gives 10% discount on full price. Bottles can be delivered to the airport. 2 glasses served on premium tour (10 yr blend and 2008) with the option to buy more samples. The tour was rather dreadful. You get to see 2 rooms with barrels and a... More 

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Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

The young lady who gave us the tour was very knowlegeable, with a good sense of humour. We were given samples to try at the end of the tour and they were all very nice. The shop seemed quite reasonable at the end.

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Web really only needed a tasting as we wanted to compare the different wines. We have been on tours before, not here.

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Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Did the premium tour. Information was good but would liked to have seen more what was imparted could have been done in less time and a large range of tasting could have been given for the price. Was not impressed.

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We booked the Premium Lodge Tour and enjoyed learning about Madeira wines and visiting the lodge. Our guide was very pleasant with a sense of humour. At the end we tasted two wines. A good experience for a visitor to Madeira!

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If you like wine and appreciate details and history then you will love this place! Blandys makes some serious Madeiran wine which is like Port but slightly lighter. The lodge has tours when you can see how the wine was originally created and they also have tasting tours etc. We tasted a series of 10 year old Madeiran wine -... More 

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Fair to say we did just the very basic tour as it was the only one available in English within a reasonable time period but having said this it was still a bit thin. OK, the place is not a working winery anymore, just an aging store and tourist trap but even so it all felt a little like ‘wham... More 

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