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Blandy's Wine Lodge

Avenida Arriaga 28, Funchal, Madeira 9000-064, Portugal
+351 291 228 978
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Angel's share

The tours are very informative about how Madeira wine came into being and lots of other things such... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Good visit with knowledgeable guides

Booked the 45 minute tour at a reasonable price, ticket includes 10% off a range of wines, and 10... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
Jamie P
Durham, United Kingdom
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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 2 days ago

The tours are very informative about how Madeira wine came into being and lots of other things such as the Angel's share! Sampling at the end gives and idea of different types of Madeira wine and you can order and pay for your Madeira wines,...More

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Reviewed 3 days ago

Booked the 45 minute tour at a reasonable price, ticket includes 10% off a range of wines, and 10% off food at their onsite cafe. Tour was very informative and made enjoyable by the guides, and of course the tasting at the end of 2...More

Thank Jamie P
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Good service, friendly person helped to choice wines. I liked very much to visiting there.. Friendly woman told me Madeira vintage wines and helped my choosings..

Thank Osmo t
Reviewed 3 days ago

We went on the premium tour for 5.90 euros after pre booking the day before. Our guide, Sofia, was very interesting and really knew about the company and history. It would have been nice to have had a little more time in some of the...More

Thank Lynd50
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

We booked one up from the basic tour and had a very engaging and knowledgeable tour guide. Fascinating to learn all about Madeira production, some of the history and of course to taste it. They also do a lunch deal fro anyone who has booked...More

Thank Artyonetwo
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

We went on the prestige tour and it was informative. Tasting two madeiran wines at the end so well worth the 5.90 euro entrance

Thank sasha1310
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

We made the premium Tour. The guide was excellent. She knew everything about the different wines and history. We paid 5,90 per Person and got two different wines to taste. We can just recommend this tour.

Thank barcao
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We visited the site and found that they were full for the tour we originally preferred so we booked for a few days later paid by visa and given information about where the tour would start. Two days later we arrived to find all doors...More

Thank Owl22270
Reviewed 1 week ago

Met with a lady on reception who appeared to be having a bad day. Abruptly informed us no tours were available for at least two hours. Our fault for not booking but she certainly could have been friendlier! Had a wander around the few accessible...More

Thank jms52
Reviewed 1 week ago

You can enter the Lodge free of cost, but it does not provide you with anything, other than a glimpse of what you could receive if you payed for a tour. I guess, that is what the high ratings to this post suggest. In other...More

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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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Response from Hoggan67 |
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
14 March 2017|
Response from Ana V |
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