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Blandy's Wine Lodge

Avenida Arriaga 28, Funchal, Madeira 9000-064, Portugal
+351 291 228 978
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Madeira tasting

Nice tasting adventure for A Nice price. 5.90€ for 2 glases of excellent madeira wines. 45 minutes... read more

Reviewed yesterday
Tony v
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Great tour

Really interesting visit. We found that we do actually like madeira wine and were able to purchase... read more

Reviewed yesterday
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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 yesterday via mobile

Nice tasting adventure for A Nice price. 5.90€ for 2 glases of excellent madeira wines. 45 minutes explanation how madeira wines are created.

Thank Tony v
Reviewed yesterday

Really interesting visit. We found that we do actually like madeira wine and were able to purchase our favourite at an excellent price.

Thank alichaddock
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

A must see in Funchal, Madeira. Three different types of tour are offered, with each one more comprehensive than the next. Not all tours are available at the same time, so check in advance for the correct time of the tour you would like to...More

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Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Managed to squeeze a visit to Blandy's and it is very interesting certainly worth it for wine buffs. Very informative tour and ending with a tasting of Madeira wine. Did buy a few bottles as gifts and one bonus is that you can pay for...More

2  Thank TerryM2552
Reviewed 6 days ago

This was a very well organized wine tasting experience--from information about the grapes to a tasting of their excellent Madeira. The very old building's atmosphere added to the experience. The Gift shop at the end of the tour is an excellent place to find both...More

1  Thank nursebetty38
Reviewed 6 days ago

One of all tourist traps. We got to sample two tiny glass of the Madeira wine but otherwise, quite boring. Main reason because the visit ended out trying to sell us wine.

Thank GeirAK
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

It's easy to find, on the main shopping st that runs parallel to the harbour seafront road. There are 2 or 3 wine shop/bars and a gift shop. There are various levels of tour, tickets from the booth not far inside the entrance, prices vary...More

1  Thank Mrdirect51
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Great convenient place to try Madeira wine in a calm, cool oasis in the city. We came back for an evening wine tasting event featuring over 100 wines from the region. Great value and fun local event to end our trip to Madeira. Thank you...More

1  Thank A TripAdvisor Member
Reviewed 1 week ago

I good all round introduction to Madeira from cooperage to how to store and enjoy the wine. We had a knowledgeable guide for the English language tour and a group that wasn't too big. Questions were encouraged and answered easily with a good mixture of...More

1  Thank David_Lorraine2811
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We went for the premium tour which included a guided tour, access to the museum and a wine tasting. At under €6, it was great value for money and our tour guide Rita was very knowledgeable.

1  Thank Emma M
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Kelly C
Has anyone rented one of the apartments associated with Blandys? I'm having trouble locating written reviews of the apartments apart from the wine tours. Thanks!
14 March 2017|
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Response from Hoggan67 |
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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Brenda B
Hi, Due to visit the island in late March. What is the price of your tour.
13 March 2017|
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Response from Ana V |
Dear Mrs. Brenda, Thank you for your contact and interest on visiting us! Regarding your email we would like to inform you that we daily guided tours at 10:30; 14:30; 15:30 and 16:30. Please find below more detail... More
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Graham W
Do you have to pay for Blandy's wine tour?
19 June 2016|
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Response from Ken-Bid | Reviewed this property |
Yes the tour is really a wine tasting but the big advantage is to buy your wine on the tour and you pick it up at the Airport and save on the airport price!!
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