Madeira Wine

Madeira is named after the island in Portugal where this unique wine is produced. It was discovered by a Portuguese explorer named Gonsalves Zarco, who was blown off course en route to West Africa. While resting on the smaller island he called Porto Santo, he could see another island through the mist and set off to check it out. This gorgeous island was so lush and covered with trees that he named it “Madeira,” which is Portuguese for “wood.”

Once the island was colonized and the land was cleared of many of the trees, the cultivation of sugarcane (from Sicily) began, as well as that of Malvasia grapes (from Cyprus). But because the Portuguese colony of Brazil was already profiting so well from the sugar industry, and making it  finer and cheaper than Madeiran product, the focus turned to wine production. Since Madeira is perfectly positioned within the Atlantic shipping lanes to be a natural port of call for ships on their way to and from the Americas or Africa and Asia Read more »

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Popular wines made in Madeira under $20

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Varietals Produced in Madeira View all

  • Verdelho

    History of the grape: Verdelho has existed on the island of Madeira in Portugal at least as far back as the 15th cent...

  • Malmsey

    History of the grape: Malvasia is one of those rabbit-like vines that likes to procreate, often spontaneously. For th...

  • Vermentino

    History of the grape: Little concrete history is known about Vermentino except that it has recently been identified a...

  • Bual

    Bual (or Boal) is a grape variety used in Madeira production. It is the second sweetest of the four noble Madeira gra...

  • Terrantez

  • Sercial

    Serial Madeira 

Popular Wineries in Madeira View all

  • Vinhos Barbeito

    Vinhos Barbeito was founded in 1946 by Mario Barbeito de Vasconcelos and has since then always be...

  • Blandy's

    The Blandys are unique in being the only family of all the original founders of the Madeira wine ...

  • Cossart Gordon & Co.

    Cossart Gordon & Co. was established in 1745 and is the oldest company in the Madeira Wine trade....

  • Blandy's Madeira - (Grupo Symington)

    The Blandys are unique in being the only family of all the original founders of the Madeira wi...

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Madeira on Snooth

  • JD, the reserve is from the Moulds vineyard in Oak Knoll. The regular Becklyn ... clove with just a hint of madeira on the finis Read More

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  • Yes, Rckr, we are pretty aware of the fires, out here.  My wife's ... ... fortunate.I was aware of the Madeira fires, but was unaware of the ones on the Portuguese mainlan Read More

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  • Wildfires Threaten Wine Regions in California, PortugalWildfires are again ... ... ... including the island of Madeira, are suffering the worst forest fires in a decade. So far, wineries and vineyards have suffered minimal damage, but producers are concerned. The bells rang out to announce a major fire last week in urban Funchal, Madeira's ca... Read More

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  • Is there a winemaker/grower that OT doesn't know?  Now they want his ... ... If you want old port or Madeira, the place is incomparable.  From $30 to $700, with many vintages going far back, lots of styles, producers... he must have a customer or ten that come from outside the area or he couldn't afford the tax on the inventory.&nbs Read More

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  • HDH is a good source for older bottles, although I haven't bought anything ... ... Great thing about Madeira is it probably didn't even care that much how it was stored, so it's a pretty good bet.Okay, I've proven to be completely helpless at maintaining my SIWBM.  Might need to have it Outside Imposed or something.  Purchases this week (not ... Read More

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  • One way to avoid infanticide. From HDH's online auction site. Apologies ... ... Days Left to Bid: Boal Madeira     Details    Bid Online    iTunes    GooglePlay   Internet-Only Auction of Finest & Rarest Wines  Today we would like to highlight the exquisite selection of Madeira in our upcoming Internet-only auction. The long and unique Madeir... Read More

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  • Well one photo showed up, which I assume you'd already posted, once I ... ... ... famous for being used in Madeira, which is an exquisite sweet fortified wine from islands off Portugal.Tasting notes for their current offerings mention various fruit notes on the palate, but give me the impression it's a mostly dry wine, not least because there'... Read More

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  • Yes, indeed. Getting lubricated is what we are good at.  My place in ... ... in ... Let's not forget Madeira.  Of course, there are also those eccentric wines like Thackery's Pleiades that bear no vintage date, either.  Multi vintage wine is not as common these days as vintage dated wine, but more widespread than just Champagne and one wine f... Read More

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  • Henriques & Henriques Madeira Reserve 5 Year Old


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  • The sweet wines are very different depending on the production method. I'm ... ... on their own. Of those, Madeira has to be the most interesting. Not the sweetest of them, but the less sweet ones that retain salinity, acidity, and complexity. Absolutely wonderful wines; maybe the most complex in the world. Sweet sherries are good but again, ... Read More

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