Artur de Barros e Sousa

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PeggyVW
Minneapolis, MN91 contributions
This is the smallest producer of Madeira on the island. This 4th generation producer welcomes visitors to wander their facility and taste their delicious wines. They do everything by hand and use only sunlight to warm the wines during the aging process.

This is a great place to taste Madeira and a wonderful contrast to the slick operation at Blandy's. Stop in for a visit and you'll be welcomed like family!
Written June 10, 2011
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PeelandStick
Manchester, UK36 contributions
Solo
If you are even remotely interested in Madeira wines, this is the place to visit. Having started my day in search of the story of Madeira wines (with a little [if dangerous] amount of knowledge under my belt) I visited some of the big name producers. All of whom told a good, if a little sales heavy story. On my last tour I was told about this lodge.

It's very close to the cathedral in the centre of Funchal and a walk from other Madeira points of interest. On arrival I was warmly greeted by one of the Olim brothers (Edmundo I believe). Who whisked me to the courtyard of the buildings and introduced me to the main varieties of grape used in the production of their wines, that grew above our heads in the atrium. I was then invited to explore the cask store on my own which took over three stories of one of the quarters of the building. Unlike the other places I had visited earlier in the day, this lodge has the sense of a true working enterprise, with no frills, but an abundance of charm.

If having full access to their place of work wasn't enough I was then invited to sample their wines. Having sampled some of the vintages from the other makers earlier I suggested I might sample their 1976 vintage Terrantez, which I insisted I pay for, but my offer was declined. Instead the 76, 86 and 80 were generously poured and I was given a unique introduction to the history of Madeira and its wine by my host, including the night life on the island in the 60's. A truly unique and fascinating experience.

I could go on and on about my short time spent with Arthur & Edmondo, but instead I'd encourage you to take the time to seek them out and live the experience for yourself. And pick up some of their vintages - some of the most incredible Madeira wine I have tasted. I bagged a 1980 Sercial and a 2005 young vintage Boal, which they hand customised for my daughter, who was also born in 2005.
Written October 4, 2012
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Maria S
Funchal, Portugal37 contributions
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I always liked to just pop into the Olim brothers' old adega in Rua dos Ferreiros to have a chat with Arturo or Edmundo - and of course - to have a sip a glass of their excellent Madeira Wines. We always used to talk about the old times.
But - alas - that's history now. Finally, the Brothers (they were three of them) decided to sell their adega, as they didn't have any successor interested in running the Business. So, in November 2013 the adega was sold - lock, stock and Barrel. Fortunately, their neighbour, Luís d'Oliveira bought it. He is now refurbishing the place, thereby keeping 'e original atmosphere as much as possible. Most probably, he'll reopen the space later on as a tasting facility.
Written March 27, 2015
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Eddyboyflamingo
London, UK57 contributions
Couples
I went because I wanted to buy some vintage Madeira. I told the lady and she gave me 4 tastings of old wine. The premises are enchanting with lots of huge barrels.
I bought 2 bottles at a good price.
Many other customers see it as a free drink and Madeira experience and leave without even saying thank you - don't be one of those.
Written April 30, 2016
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Matias T
Paris, France1 contribution
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I have been trying some Madeira wine, till somebody told me about a very good enologos site "os 5 ás 8", and immediatly I went to check Madeira´s finest wine.... it was at Artur barros e Sousa.
So I went there, Mr. Edmundo, very nice and kind offered me a visit and some wine to try.... UAU!!! all very very good, but my personal taste goes for MALVASIA!! So good it´s should be forbitten.... such a trip of flavours.... You should try before you die!!
Now I know why the English Queen was celebrating the most important events in her live, not with French Champagne, but with Madeira Wine.
Written September 7, 2012
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Knut S
Larvik, Norway79 contributions
Couples
I always visit these cellars when in Funchal. Go to Blandy's, get the full tour, but buy your Madeira wine here! This is aboslute endulgence, can't praise them enough, just hope they'll be there "forever".
Written January 5, 2012
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Shapley_Hunter
Thebes, IL1,166 contributions
An excellent place to sample great Madeira wine. Very good wine, ample sample sizes, and a great variety. Well worth a visit when in Funchal!
Written March 14, 2016
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CapNemo80
london88 contributions
A gem to try some wonderful Madeira wine and taste some succulent Madeira honey cake and all without any charge. The setting is quite authentic and pleasant. Worth the detour.
We also managed to taste some very old wines and got to buy some great bottles - great value, great place!
Written April 26, 2015
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Pathendo
Cumbria, UK45 contributions
Couples
On trip advisors recommendation we visited here, we were not disappointed. This is a small friendly family run winery. We were given a personal tour, and allowed to wander around alone. We were given lots of information and all our questions were answered, topped off by free samples of their delicious wine.
Written September 17, 2013
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travelmangiare
Portland, OR56 contributions
Solo
This place is the most traditional of the Madeira wine producers and the one that doesn't export (pity). I spent a while here and it was the best time I had in Madeira. The two brothers that make the wine speak good English and are fantastic--funny, friendly and philosophical. Their wines are fantastic, well-priced and unique. You get to climb up the levels of where they store the barrels, they grow a vine of each variety they use in the courtyard, and there are lots of bottles open for the free tasting. I will absolutely return here next time I'm on the island and fully recommend it!
Written June 12, 2013
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