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Blandy's Wine Lodge

Avenida Arriaga 28, Funchal, Madeira 9000-064, Portugal
+351 291 228 978
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We were in Porto recently and visited a number of wine lodges there so we were looking forward to... read more

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Great guide

We did the Premium Tour which lasts 45 minutes and, if you’ve done any wine or port tours, it’s... read more

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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
+351 291 228 978

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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

We were in Porto recently and visited a number of wine lodges there so we were looking forward to our visit to Blandys. A very engaging woman showed us around and gave us a very detailed presentation so much so that there were very few...More

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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

We did the Premium Tour which lasts 45 minutes and, if you’ve done any wine or port tours, it’s pretty standard stuff. However, our guide Sophia was enthusiastic and fun which made the tour very enjoyable. We did learn some new things, which is always...More

Thank Rachael B
Reviewed 2 days ago

We came on the premium tour of Blandy’s wine lodge yesterday and had a very interesting tour with a good guide whose command of English was excellent. We toured the whole building from the cooper process to the grapes and turning the liquid into Madeira...More

Thank ruthiegee
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Did the prime tour two years ago and now the vintage tour. Entertaining and educational if you like Madeira Wine.

Thank Jonatan M
Reviewed 4 days ago

This is a good place to learn more about Madeira wine. There are various types of tours and tasting activities. You do need to pay for the tours and tastings, but I think it is worth it. It is also conveniently located in the center...More

Thank Saricie_Q
Reviewed 5 days ago

Love the shop, the facilities are good and a highly interesting place to visit and to sample this delicious product is bliss especially with one of their handmade chocolates. Meant tours available.

Thank Janet W
Reviewed 6 days ago

As their website has a book online option, we completed the online form enquiring about doing the Vintage Tour and received a reply via email suggesting we do both tours, one after the other. Also, if you book both tours (The Premium and The Vintage,...More

Thank DingDangD0
Reviewed 1 week ago

We did both the tours the one for around five euros and the one around 16. To do the premium tour you have to do the basic tour. The premium tour is definitely worth it. It is very interesting you see the owners private wine...More

Thank Sarah L
Reviewed 1 week ago

Situated in the beautiful older part of Funchal. Other shops, restaurants, churches etc in immediate area. Big adivice is to visit here with a guide who will bring the history of the place to life. Expansive retail outlet on site where you can buy bottles...More

Thank jonjonDorset
Reviewed 1 week ago

We enjoyed our tour of Blandy's. It was very informative with a guide who spoke excellent English and explained the story of the company and processes of the wine making very well. My only criticism would be that I would have enjoyed looking at some...More

Thank Mary Ann S
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Maggie R
28 August 2017|
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Response from Maggie R | Reviewed this property |
A barrel may be the solution!!! Best suggestion.
Kelly C
14 March 2017|
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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
Brenda B
13 March 2017|
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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