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Blandy's Wine Lodge
Ranked #6 of 143 things to do in Funchal
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Owner description: 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.
Harrogate, United Kingdom
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Reviewed February 5, 2013

Not a very exciting tour, just looking at barrels. Wine tasting afterwards, my first taste of Madeira and found I didnt like it.

Visited January 2013
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
“Interesting and fun!”
Reviewed February 2, 2013

Nice to find out a bit about the famous Madeira wine, and if you buy your wine there at the shop, you can pick it up after check in at the airport, saves taking room up in your luggage.

Visited January 2013
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“Lodge tour”
Reviewed January 24, 2013

We learnt a lot about the Madeira. The tour guide has a lot of knowledge about the procedure to produce this wine. Wine tasting at the end is a must.

Visited January 2013
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Salcombe, United Kingdom
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“A flavour of the past, and a flavour for the present.”
Reviewed January 17, 2013

The tour is a must, and don't miss out on the sampling. We always buy some bottles in their inner shop (where the tour ends - you do not have to be on a tour to access it) to pick up at the airport after the security checks on the way back - saves a few pounds per bottle compared with Sainsburys. If one keeps one's eyes open some of the wine shops in Funchal (e.g. the one by the entrance to the Eden Mar hotel (close to the Lido) undercuts Blandys itself on the price of Duke of Cumberland that is if you want a tipple of Madeira wine in your room during your stay.

Visited December 2012
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Derby, United Kingdom
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“Madeira wine”
Reviewed January 15, 2013

We went to Blandy's with a walking tour of Funchal organised by the Porto Mare hotel. An excellent end to the tour with free wine tasting session to boot!

Visited January 2013
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