Blandy's Wine Lodge

Blandy's Wine Lodge, Funchal: Hours, Address, Blandy's Wine Lodge Reviews: 4.5/5

Blandy's Wine Lodge
4.5
Historic Sites • Wineries & Vineyards
10:00 AM - 6:30 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 6:30 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 6:30 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 6:30 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 6:30 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 6:30 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
About
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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Bwyd
Jersey, UK219 contributions
Take the "Vintage Tour" ahead of the "Premium Tour"
Oct 2021
We undertook both the "Premium" and "Vintage" tours on a back to back basis. We found the "Vintage Tour" much more interesting and would recommend it if you only have time for one tour.

It gave us a much better understanding of the processes they follow, with the added bonus of being able to inspect closely the family's collection of vintage wine.

On the "Premium Tour" we were left by the guide, near the end, to look around a small museum. Much of what was displayed in the museum was covered in the booklet they had already given us when booking and which we had read before the tour.

Finally I must say we were disappointed with the service we received when booking. We had a query on the booking process for two tours and rang them 2 or 3 times. We couldn't get through and therefore emailed them 2 or 3 times. On the final occasion copying in their marketing team in the hope that they would pass our email on. Blandy's never responded, which we thought was very poor.
Written October 17, 2021
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Ledgie1
Renfrew, UK669 contributions
A Must Visit
Sep 2021
Did this tour on our last visit To Madeira 20 years ago so thought it was time for a refresher. I think that anyone visiting Madeira should do this tour to understand and appreciate how the Madeira wine is produced.
The tour is about 45 minutes and then you get two wines to taste at the end.
Written October 15, 2021
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Hebbie67
Shrewsbury, UK63 contributions
Great Experience & nice wine!
Sep 2021
Well worth a visit - 10.50 Euros for 45 min English tour. Tatiana was an excellent & knowledgeable guide with a sense of humour! Tasting of 2 wines with some crackers at the end. No rush at the end to leave. Show yellow bus ticket to get another sample! Can also buy various other tasting packages - wine & chocolate one was good!! Buy wine here, get 10% discount & collect at airport after security!
Written September 29, 2021
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Martin S
London, United Kingdom7 contributions
Avoid unless part of a group
Sep 2021 • Friends
Large tasting room with impersonal and uninterested service. Interesting wines, of course, but tasting experience is focused on tour groups rather than individuals. Very poor Covid protocols - no encouragement or enforcement of mask wearing.
There are many better places to sample Madeira wines - try Borges for better explanation and better value.
Written September 24, 2021
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Alan G
Crawley, UK88 contributions
Nice visit. Interesting place and great wine!
Sep 2021 • Couples
A good tour of the wine lodge. Well informed guide who knew her stuff. The history of this place is very interesting. Slight let down by a god awful rude woman on the ticket desk when we first arrived and the fact that there was a guide showing a second group round at the same time who’s voice carried so much that we struggled to hear our guide on the one piece earphones. Our guide did twig this and moved us as far as she could away from the second guide though but it did mar the tour for me. Tasting was lovely though!
Written September 24, 2021
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araf
West Midlands, UK318 contributions
Nice little diversion for an hour or so
Sep 2021
Afternoon tour with tasting was good value but a bit rushed through the museum.
Rather hot in the store rooms.
Written September 23, 2021
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Sue H
Skipton, UK125 contributions
Brilliant at Blandy's
Sep 2021 • Couples
We have visited Madeira before but never managed to get round to a tour at the Wine Lodge. As part of our first holiday since the start of the pandemic we decided that we should make the most of the opportunity. We booked the premium tour online. The guide was very knowledgeable and informative, the wine lodge was fascinating to see and the tour concluded with an included tasting. The tour was very good value for money and well worth doing. Would recommend.
Written September 17, 2021
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Jane F
58 contributions
Excellent, do this tour!!
Sep 2021 • Friends
An excellent and interesting tour. Our guide was extremely knowledgeable and very engaging. She was happy to take questions and allow time to look around. Excellent idea to have the amplifiers and ear pieces. Saved the guide shouting and ensured everyone could hear. Only improvement for me would have been a few more samples of the wine as you only get two but that’s just a minor thing and it is well worth doing the tour
Written September 14, 2021
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CSNunes
Porto, Portugal136 contributions
Great place to learn about Madeira Wine.
Aug 2021
It has guided tours in different languages, the staff is very nice and the walk through the Bandly's family museum, see the Madeira Wine barrels and learn about the different types of wines and grapes. Very good also for children, In the end there is a small wine tasting.
Written September 8, 2021
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ian s
4 contributions
Avoid - really unfriendly staff
Aug 2021 • Friends
Terrible customer service, rude and unprofessional. Chaotic system and really leaves a bad impression.
Written August 12, 2021
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