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Address: Avenida Arriaga 28, Funchal, Madeira 9000-064, Portugal
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Acquired in 1840 by Charles Ridpath Blandy, the Blandy's Wine Lodge has...

Acquired in 1840 by Charles Ridpath Blandy, the Blandy's Wine Lodge has always been and is still an integral part of the production of Blandy's Madeira Wine.

Located in the center of Funchal, Blandy's Wine Lodge allows visitors to Madeira an opportunity to experience first hand Madeira Wine in the making. Our tours will guide you through some of the history of the wine, its development and evolution, as well as the opportunity to taste the various styles of Madeira.

Blandy's Madeira celebrated its bicentennial in 2011, the Blandy Wine Lodges give you a privileged perspective on 200 years of Madeira Wine.

The lodge was bought by Charles Ridpath in the mid-19th century and not only was it an extremely valuable property, but was also very useful due to the fact that it was directly connected to the family's town house.

Each one of the Lodge's rooms have their own character and due to the differing temperatures and humidity, the wines all have differing ageing profiles based on their location within the lodge. The eastern warehouse holds wine dating back to 1920 and the family's private vintage collection is held within thick stone walls, below the ground floor. The museum holds artefacts that include letters from Sir. Winston Churchill, coins from Blandy's bank and the island's oldest wooden lagar, dating back to the 17th Century. Murals from the renowned German artist Max Romer decorate the tasting room and references from the company's wide range of vintage wines are held in the sala frasqueira.

Today the Lodge is the heart of the family's wine business where over 650 casks, tonnels and vats are stored, ageing the finest of the family's wines in the traditional canteiro method.

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Fantastic Tour and Guide

This was Fantastic! Really in depth knowledge about the wine here in Madeira, couldn't recommend this enough for you. It is so cheap and the wine at the end... Delicious. Malmsey... read more

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed today NEW via mobile

This was Fantastic! Really in depth knowledge about the wine here in Madeira, couldn't recommend this enough for you. It is so cheap and the wine at the end... Delicious. Malmsey was my favourite i would say. Recommended

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

We decided to do the 30 minute Lodge Tour on a whim and we were pleasantly surprised. The guide (Rita?) was informative and welcoming and enthusiastic about the Blandy's story and process of producing Madeira wine. Great value for money, including taster at the end.

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We booked in advance and obtained a place on the premium tour on the date and time required. We were conducted around by a pleasant guide who obviously enjoyed her work. Although we have been on other wine tours this was slightly different because of the way Madeira is produced. We ended with a tasting of two wines. Very good... More 

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I thoroughly enjoyed the Blandy experience. At less than €6 the Premium tour which is 45 minutes gave a lovely incite into Madeira wine and it's production, as well as two tastings at the end. Thank you Sofia for a great tour.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

we didnt go for a tour just poked head in asked if we could do a tasting and she recommnded a tasting offer- 23e for 4 different wines- we shared as was 11am! all lovely and lady v helpful and imformative

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

They do set out the tour very well and Madeira is a bit different to other fortified wines, so this is not "just another winery visit", but is a bit different. The tour was comprehensive and informative. Our guide was excellent and there was a tasting to finish with two different types of Madeira available to taste

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Take the Premium tour lasting 45 minutes. Book ahead online and they confirm by email. Pay when you get there. There is an explanation/tour of the process. You finish by having two tastings. You can then purchase from a wide variety at a discount price and collect at the airport after security. The 14.30 tour is the most popular and... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We choose the 30 minute 'Lodge tour'. Pleasant enough, knowledgeable guide but a little difficult at times to understand. A lot on talking but no time to read the 'boards' of information. A small glass of Madeira provided for tasting at the end. Not a great tour, save for a wet day if you must.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Really interesting and informative tour with charming and very well-informed guide - a fascinating insight into a key element of Madeira's past and present.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

I have no complaints about this place but it would still be a must do if I did - I mean if in Madeira etc... The 2.30 pm tour was busy and worth pre-booking. The tour was simple and easy to understand as well as being interesting and amusing. It was mainly storage and museum that was seen and as... More 

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