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...

  • Sercial

    Serial Madeira 

  • Terrantez

  • 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

  • Vinhos Barbeito

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

  • 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...

  • Blandy's

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

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Madeira on Snooth

  • I'm with GregT that any sweet wine needs to have some zip.  Botrytis ... (25% Tinto Cao, 25% Tinta Madeira, 25% Touriga Nacional, 25% Sousão in the 2012 vintage).  I toy with the idea of finding a "real" port with the same great acidity, but then I realize I can get plenty of Rockpile and I'm taking no chances.  I have had a little Port that I... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Garnacha, grenache--tomato,...

  • OK, these look to be cabs or bordeaux blends from Napa with one outlier zin. ... moving directly to a Port or Madeira). Or, as a variation of a DV play, I'd open all five with only a friend or two at an afternoon-into-evening at my place. But that would be less likely because I'd probably go after more exotic game in that instance.  Next a mor... Read More

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  • We brought the wine to a Rosh Hashanah dinner last night.  There was lots ... ... the rest of a Rainwater Madeira that we had used in the chicken and figs.  Madeira is a pretty good bargain--hard to find any reason to spend more than about $25, usually around $20 for very good examples.  Makes for a nice after dinner drink with fruits and nut... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Whatcha drinking tonight?

  • Hello I have this bottle of wine Duke of ClarenceFine Rich MalmseyMadeiraAVERYSEstablished 1793 BRISOLIs anyone can help me to tell me about age and price?RegardsWojtek Read More

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  • We finished the evening off watching Suzi Orman and her special on investment ... ... while sipping a lovely Madeira.  I've had this one in my rack just a few years since we bought it.  Very nice I must say.  Oh, regarding Suzi - Sandra and I have watched her regular show (now ended though) for many years.  I think it helped us make some corr... Read More

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  • Blandy's 5 Year Old Alvada Madeira NV


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    Wine review by runningbear

  • Barbeito Madeira Malvasia 1950


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    Wine review by dliverpool

  • Had a conversation some time ago with GregT about teas. I'm as much a ... ... tea (and wine and port and madeira) purchases. Had dozens and dozens of those roundtop red tins in the house (different style tins now), with many multiple souchongs and keemuns and darjeelings and ceylon (still not calling it sri lanka in that marketplace) versions,... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Coffee & Tea

  • Lots and lots of mushrooms on the market, depending on the time of year and ... ... the end with marsala or madeira. Then serve on toast points. Good starter course. Read More

    Forum post in the topic Just picked up 3/8 of a pound...

  • I don't know DM - you're probably right in that it became something ... ... even more like home made Madeira. Who kne Read More

    Forum post in the topic need some quick help thanks

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