Engenhos do Norte
Engenhos do Norte
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The Porto da Cruz 'Engenho' (mill) is a testimony to the importance sugarcane had and still has on an economic and cultural level in Madeira. A visit to our mill is like taking a journey through time, visitors can walk the original circuit that goes from the collection of sugar cane, through to the various stages of production and ending in a visit to the Rum House.
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  • ksufan88
    Wichita, Kansas6,389 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    Free admission is the main reason to visit
    We visited this factory on Sunday when there was no production going on, but there was a self-guided tour that explained the manufacturing process along with equipment and signage in 4 languages (Portuguese, English, German, and French). The building is almost 100 years old and has a repaired smoke stack. The tasting room and shop is located in a nearby building where you can sample some of their rums and also cocktails such as poncho (local rum cocktail).
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written July 30, 2023
  • Merrowmum
    Guildford, United Kingdom1,320 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    Rum and sugar!
    We were taken here for a quick look at the distillery (which is free to enter) and then a rum, molasses and biscuit tasting. The rum was not to our taste at all to be honest but others in our small group did buy some. The molasses biscuits were lovely, like a British ginger nut but without the ginger!
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written August 21, 2023
  • RoverP
    Inverness, United Kingdom740 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Delicious Rum
    Visited with a small tour group for a quick visit and a tasting of rum. It was really good and I really should have bought a bottle or two. I much preferred this to the Madeira wine I tasted elsewhere. - Maybe next time!
    Visited October 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written November 10, 2023
  • Peter K
    Paris, France225 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Good trinks but mostly crowded
    The destillery is far from special, but a nice stop for a tasting. You can get all Rums for cheap prices or get small tasting sips for free. It's part of many tours and can be very crowded. Avoiding these times makes it far better and staff is really helpful then. If you don't want to taste it can be skipped, as the Rum is available all over the island.
    Visited April 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written May 10, 2024
  • Caroline LP
    London, United Kingdom1,421 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great Rum
    The rum produced at this distillery is excellent, I liked how they give you access to see how the juice from the sugar cane is extracted. And there is a fabulous coastal walk right beside the distillery. Will definitely visit again when in Madeira.
    Visited April 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written May 18, 2024
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Trevor N
Jersey, UK805 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2022 • Couples
The distillery is free to enter and there’s a video running to explain the process. The main machinery is steam powered and almost 100 years old, and there is a small collection of old copper taps etc. for those really interested.

Our tour included a small tasting, not sure if that’s normal, but the staff in the adjoining shop were very friendly and helpful and keen to assist us with buying rum, biscuits, cake and other goodies. I bought a litre of 50% white rum for making cocktails for only €11, and look forward to using it for that purpose when we get home
Written February 11, 2022
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ksufan88
Wichita, KS6,389 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Friends
We visited this factory on Sunday when there was no production going on, but there was a self-guided tour that explained the manufacturing process along with equipment and signage in 4 languages (Portuguese, English, German, and French). The building is almost 100 years old and has a repaired smoke stack. The tasting room and shop is located in a nearby building where you can sample some of their rums and also cocktails such as poncho (local rum cocktail).
Written July 30, 2023
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Caroline LP
London, UK1,421 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
The rum produced at this distillery is excellent, I liked how they give you access to see how the juice from the sugar cane is extracted. And there is a fabulous coastal walk right beside the distillery. Will definitely visit again when in Madeira.
Written May 18, 2024
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Peter K
Paris, France225 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
The destillery is far from special, but a nice stop for a tasting.

You can get all Rums for cheap prices or get small tasting sips for free.
It's part of many tours and can be very crowded. Avoiding these times makes it far better and staff is really helpful then.

If you don't want to taste it can be skipped, as the Rum is available all over the island.
Written May 10, 2024
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wendyanddavid536
Solihull, UK2,125 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2022
A great old-fashioned working distillery, free to visit, which you can wander round and (so long as you are there at the time of year that the sugar cane is being harvested) see it in action.
Amazing old steam-powered machinery, old copper vats, wooden barrels, lovely smell of sugar cane and rum!
Great retail outlet selling their products at a very good price.
The only downside was the toilets; they were disgusting.
Written June 3, 2022
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Merrowmum
Guildford, UK1,320 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Friends
We were taken here for a quick look at the distillery (which is free to enter) and then a rum, molasses and biscuit tasting. The rum was not to our taste at all to be honest but others in our small group did buy some. The molasses biscuits were lovely, like a British ginger nut but without the ginger!
Written August 22, 2023
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Filip H
16 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2022 • Couples
Cool machines, however only look-around tour without much info. You can only guess what the machines and kettles are used for. Really short video on how the sugar canes come in and are processed. Did not find anything on the process of rum making.
However this was even overshadowed by an unfriendly lady behind the desk who acted like I was stupid and wasn’t very keen to give additional info. Only after repeatedly asking for it, since we had been driving for an hour to visit the place, she gave in.
Bought another €6 shot of (good) rum. However did not manage to set aside my frustration so I didn’t buy a bottle, only so that I wouldn’t be reminded of that woman every time I drank the rum at home.

Good to have a 5 min look inside if you happen to be in that town, but not worth the drive from Funchal.
Written July 2, 2022
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RoverP
Inverness, UK740 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Couples
Visited with a small tour group for a quick visit and a tasting of rum. It was really good and I really should have bought a bottle or two. I much preferred this to the Madeira wine I tasted elsewhere. - Maybe next time!
Written November 10, 2023
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ubud138
Munich, Germany106 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023 • Couples
excellent rhum (cheaper than in any supermarkets or airport shops), nice sugar- cookies. We had a very good poncha at the bar. From there lovely stroll along the strand and coast of Porto da Cruz.
Written May 9, 2023
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Tincityzoo
57 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019 • Solo
What a waste of time this was . Did not see any of the rum making process and was given a tiny tiny bit of rum to taste . The lady went around offering this small taste and I went and offered up my glass again thinking it was a refill and she screamed across the room at me in Portuguese the gist was “one per person” .This was in front of others in the room so I immediately left at being spoken to in such an awful way . I was going to buy lots of products in the shop so it was all there loss as I left because of this staff member
Written December 27, 2019
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