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

  • 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

  • Sercial

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....

  • Vinhos Barbeito

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

  • 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

  • ... 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

    Forum post in the topic Alternatives for Cooking with...


  • Taylor Fladgate Tawny Port 20 Years Port & Madeira NV

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    Very good. Read More

    Wine review by alanb1108


  • H.M. Borges 5 Year Sweet Port Wine

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    sweet, caramelly flavor with nutty notes. this versatile Port is great to cook with or for drinking on it's own, enjoy it. Read More

    Wine review by Damaris Rivera


  • H.M. Borges 5 Year Sweet Port Wine

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    sweet and caramelly flavor with a nutty backround essence. this versatile Port is great to cook with it or drink on it's own. Read More

    Wine review by Damaris Rivera


  • H.M. Borges Rainwater

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    a soft, medium dry fortified wine. Its aroma and pleasant flavor are very delicate. Ideal for an after dinner or drink or an excellent aperitif. Read More

    Wine review by Damaris Rivera


  • H.M. Borges Madeira Wine 3 Years Old Sweet

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    this Port wine is versatile, intense, and refreshing. try this on its own as a nice after dinner drink or with dessert, especially anything chocolate. you can also cook with this. Read More

    Wine review by Damaris Rivera


  • Blandy Madeira Boal 5 Year Old

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    No written review

    Wine review by g00rek


  • D'Oliveira Terrantez 1988

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    We had the opportunity to taste this today. Madeira is one of the most unique wines on our planet. This 1988 Terrantez was excellent! It displayed compelling aromas of nuts, salt, minerals, and lemons. Read More

    Wine review by 641240Whitetigerofwine 641240 Whitetigerofwine


  • Taylor Fladgate Tawny Port 20 Years Port & Madeira NV

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    No written review

    Wine review by smithdaj54


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