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

  • Malmsey

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

  • Terrantez

  • Sercial

    Serial Madeira 

  • Verdelho

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

  • 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...

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....

  • Vinhos Barbeito

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

  • Blandy's Madeira - (Grupo Symington)

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

  • Blandy's

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

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  • You do not know what it is like until you try it Read More

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  • Yes, Maderia probably lasts longer than many wines.  Give it a taste.  I wouldn't know how to get an appraised value on just a single bottle anyway. Read More

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  • Me too...DRINK! Read More

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  • One vote for DRINK!Lots of work to sell for what's not likely to be a great return. Assume you'll want to be there when he opens it.  ;-)  Read More

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  • B-I-L was prepping for an estate sale and found this: Does anybody know ... clue. My knowledge of Madeira is pretty slim.  It appears that Cossart Gordon is a respected maker.  So, I'm going to tap the collective wisdom of the crowd.  Should he drink it or can he sell it?  I know nothing about provenance.  I assume it was stored in a cabinet o... Read More

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  • But then again 2012 and 2014 are hardly all that much 'older vintage's ... Jura, Sauternes or Tokaji or Madeira, etc., etc. Al??), even if these bottles are of cheap swill served from spigots to fill empty gallon jugs back home in Italy. Though this particular grape is kinda suited to primeur servings and doesn't often travel well, the idea th... Read More

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  • Sorry, I didn't even bother to look at their virtual tasting particulars. ... and port and madeira in specific contexts, sometimes at home but more out with others, while I tended to drink sauternes more at home. d'Yquem was for special occasions with company at home or out, and Suduiraut was my preferred regular with Filhot the backup quaffer.... Read More

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  • Classified growth claret and tete de cuvee champers from the major houses would ... Also plenty of port and some Madeira after dinner. Maybe still some Rhein & Mosel whites, though those were more popular in the previous century.  How about cocktails?Are you writing fiction, or non-fiction? And what class/type of individuals, conservative or av... Read More

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  • Alan, you appear to be working on an interesting project, and you have posed an ... these two makers.The Port/Madeira suggestion is good.  I might also suggest Sherry.  I have no suggetions on label Read More

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  • OK, we're going to get into some difficulties determining the difference ... ... How about sherry and madeira and port and other fortifieds?OT, you're obviously just a stick-in-the-mud Sonoma boy and not a truly modern Urban Man. Though I, too, despise kani-kamaboko (crab fishcake), which is the Japanese origin of the fake crab that seems to ... Read More

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