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

  • Terrantez

  • Verdelho

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

  • 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...

Popular Wineries in Madeira View all

  • 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....

  • Broadbent Port

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

  • 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

  • Cossart Gordon Bual Solera 1845 Cossart Gordon Portugal Madeira Madeira 1845


    I Have a sealed bottle of Centenary Solera Bual 1845 Red Wine. Product of Portugal, Maderia. Shipped by Reid Wines, Bristol, United Kingdom. Imported by:Vieux Vins, Northford, Ct. Net contents: 700 ml Alc. 18% by Volume Question is, is this wine stll drinkable and or what would the bottle be worth full vs empty Read More

    Wine review by alanb1108

  • Cockburn's 10 Years Old Tawny Port 2010


    No written review

    Wine review by alanb1108

  • Broadbent Madeira Rainwater Med-Dry


    Plum, apricot, a bit more dry and a little less sweet than a tawny port. Read More

    Wine review by DWCPSC

  • Hello, I have some wines to sell some of the are old,  please send me ... me ... 107Funchal – Madeira-------------------------- Vinho da Menina ( 1930)( Maria Alice)Pinhão -------------------------Noval (1996)UnfilteredLate bottled vintagePortBottled in 2001 byQuinta do NovalVinhos S.a Pinhão------------------Reserva PessoalDona AntoniaPorto F... Read More

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  • I have this old botle of Madeira Wine to sell ( Boal) Madeira wineProducce of the island of Madeira ( Portugal)Shipped byAntónio Eduardo HenriquesScs . Ltda        Funchal – Madeira Please send your offer to Read More

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  • Hello, I have to sell this wine D`OLiveiras Madeira Sercial The specification are Vinho Velho (1910)SercialJoão Pereira d`OliveiraWine grower & exporterRua dos Ferreiros, 107Funchal – MadeiraPlease send your offer to thanks  Read More

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  • It’s Saturday afternoon and I am still buzzing about the wine tasting I ... ... and diverse selection of Madeira’s, my favourite was D’Oliveiras 1988, Terrantez. It was medium dry, super complex with a real appley fresh finish that blew me away, amazing considering it is over 20 years old!My second highlight was meeting Ben Llewellyn of Carte ... Read More

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  • ... history with old america and Madeira consumption, but obviously that faded to almost nothing for a good part of the 1900's. Interesting that dryer Madeira is credited with sparking the interest of sommelier's of late Read More

    Forum post in the topic Forbes: Why Madeira Is The...

  • So, I have a recipe calling for a Madeira.  I understand this is a "pre-cooked" wine and would probably taste great...but I can't seem to find a damn bottle under $30.  I hesitate to spend that much on a bottle i need 3/4 cup of.  Any suggestions for alternatives?  Making a beef and mushroom dish. Thanks! Read More

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  • Taylor Fladgate Tawny Port 20 Years Port & Madeira NV


    Very good. Read More

    Wine review by alanb1108

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