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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Varietals Produced in Madeira View all

  • Sercial

    Serial Madeira 

  • Bual

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

  • Vermentino

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

  • 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...

  • Terrantez

Popular Wineries in Madeira View all

  • 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...

  • Vinhos Barbeito

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

  • Broadbent Port

    "Broadbent Selections Inc. prides itself in representing some of the finest small family owned wi...

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Madeira on Snooth

  • MY FIRST VISIT TO BERN'S STEAKHOUSE - Tampa (4/8/2017)Like any true ... Henriques & Henriques Madeira Boal - Portugal, MadeiraOff to the dessert room at Bern's. Another futile attempt at the menu so I deferred to the server who recommended this Madeira. Nutty, burnt caramel, some lacquer and charred oak. Creamy, ripe banana, orange oil, loads ... Read More

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  • Posted back in January about a Marks & Spencer Burgundy white that was both ... ... to buy a lot of port and madeira that was bottled and labeled by Harrod's, some of it exceptional. Obviously this practice has been common for many years. Easy to spot if you're aware of i Read More

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  • Not sure the reds would be ideal with the foie gras. If you can, try a Riesling ... sounds suitable for the Madeir Read More

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  • I'm looking for two wine suggestions for a dinner soon. First off, ... ... Tinta Negra Colheita, Madeira, http://www.wine-searcher.com/wine-552844-0001-barbeito-tinta-negra-colheita-madeira-portugalor(2) a Red Grenache, LA VINYETA SERENO 2009 http://www.vilaviniteca.es/shop/en/la-vinyeta-sereno-2009-0-50-l.html Are any of these two wines suit... Read More

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  • I drink more (fino) sherry as an aperitif than any other type. Have no problem ...  :-)  Drink more madeira, port, botrytised german, sauternes/barsac and tokaji (perhaps in that order) than sherry for dessert. Sweet sherry, marsala, vin santo, Canadian icewine, Banyuls, etc. all fall into the 'other' category for me at dessert. And I usually ... Read More

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  • I've enjoyed drinking plenty of rieslings with venison. Depending on how ... it with marsala, sherry and madeira (as in the pheasant recipe above), if you want to consider the last two whites.  Also have used any number of southern French whites when making a daube with a particularly tough old beast.My default for goose and turkey and dove/pi... Read More

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  • 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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