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

  • Blandy's Madeira - (Grupo Symington)

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

  • Cossart Gordon & Co.

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

  • Blandy's

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

  • Broadbent Port

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

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Madeira on Snooth

  • It is possible to order online and that's pretty much the only way I buy ... I would get them a bottle of Madeira. You can't really ruin that wine. It's already been heated and oxidized so it's not going to be harmed by more heat and oxygen. That's the only wine like that however. It comes in dry versions and sweet versions and my hunch is tha... Read More

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  • Of course I remember the thread!So for the first pairing, I'd go with a ... of the stuff, maybe a dry Madeira, but that's going to overwhelm things like the tof Read More

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  • Yeah. Wine and chocolate is normally the worst pairing, at least chocolate in a ... oloroso sherries and sweet Madeira however, are different animals and sometimes work really well.Lefty -  you said "Yes I understand pairing with food but this actually didn't go with the wine, it improved it.!"That is the whole point of pairing! You want it to ... Read More

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  • Cossart Gordon & Co. Bual Madeira 5 Years Old 1975


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    Wine review by Nathan P

  • Broadbent 10 Year Malmsey Madeira NV


    A new favorite! Classic candied orange notes take on woodier tones - perhaps a hint of pine. Delicious, complex, great for the holidays. Read More

    Wine review by worldsmith

  • Broadbent Madeira Colheita 1996


    Much too syrupy for my palate - the sugar and viscosity distracts from the nuanced flavors. Read More

    Wine review by worldsmith

  • Broadbent Madeira 5 Year Reserve NV


    Sweet and fruity candied orange notes are appropriately balanced with high alcohol - neither too syrupy, nor too hot. Read More

    Wine review by worldsmith

  • An off-day tomorrow sounds like a good plan Fox.Day 3 and final day in Vegas ... ... of champers and before a Madeira, then two crown n' cokes while gambling (ouch Read More

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  • Broadbent Madeira Rainwater NV


    I love good Madeira. Why isn't it more popular and more available? Fairly sweet to begin with, but grows more interesting, with notes of lemon, lime, cherry, and brandy. There is a mild bitterness and chili-like warmth in the finish. Good, but not as complex as others I've tried. Read More

    Wine review by Slipstream

  • Here's the problem: "sweet, tangy, pretty spicey BBQ sauce"The ... ... go with an inexpensive Madeira or semi-sweet sherry or off-dry white. I'm drinking a white Tempranillo right now and it's great with my pollack and capers, but it would be dead with that BBQ.There are some dishes that just don't pair all that well with wine and you got one... Read More

    Forum post in the topic What to drink with BBQ brisket?

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