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The Porto da Cruz 'Engenho' (mill) is a testimony to the importance sugarcane had and still has on an economic and cultural level in Madeira. A visit to our mill is like taking a journey through time, visitors can walk the original circuit that goes...more
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Rua do Cais no 6, Porto da Cruz, Madeira 9225-050, Portugal
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The rums produced at this unique distillery really are remarkable. I first tried their rum four years ago and now I would never buy anything else. On this visit I was given a sample of the Madeira cask finish rum at 60% vol. and I...More

Date of experience: September 2019
Thank Ian T
Reviewed September 7, 2019 via mobile

Except for the bored and non communicative staff at the gift shop, everything was beautiful and interesting. The location is beautiful.

Date of experience: September 2019
Thank 367v_tt
Reviewed June 16, 2019

For many tourists the Rum Distillery in Porto da Cruz is located away from the usual tourist hotspots. However, the Engenhos do Norte Distillery is an interesting diversion accessible by using the SAM bus service from central Funchal at an appreciably cheaper cost than a...More

Date of experience: May 2019
Thank David D
Reviewed June 8, 2019 via mobile

This is good for a quick afternoon visit. Not very big but really interesting. Great drinks from the distillery afterwards at €2 a throw.

Date of experience: June 2019
Thank DinerJJ
Reviewed June 1, 2019

At the end of May, the factory was working and it was a step back into history. The factory still using the original steam driven machinery to crush the sugar cane to release the syrup. You can watch sugar cane being unleaded from lorries into...More

Date of experience: May 2019
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Reviewed May 24, 2019

My wife and myself are currently holidaying in Madeira and earlier today we visited the 150-200 year old Rum Distillery at Porto da Cruz. There is no fee for looking around the Distillery which looks as if the both the machinery and process have changed...More

Date of experience: May 2019
Thank Steve B
Reviewed April 2, 2019

We watched the lorries of sugar cane unloading & being processed into juice using the most primitive & basic machinery - & then got a free tasting of a few different rums at the end, and some delicious lemon poncha (€2). Well worth it if...More

Date of experience: April 2019
Thank sarall0yd
Reviewed March 27, 2019

Nice journey to Porto da Cruz (Windsor Travel) and then a short informal tour of the rum making premises. The history was interesting and the tasting well worth it (for me anyway). Nice we shop with bottles at a good price. The sugar cane biscuits...More

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank Captainfish
Reviewed March 1, 2019

If you are going to visit Porto da Cruz, don't miss this place! You will find a lot of interesting things about the traditional Madeira wines and try it!

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Ostrov1976
Reviewed January 11, 2019

This place was included as part of our tour of Northeastern Madeira. The driver suggested that we sample the poncha on our brief stop here. Since I do not like hard drinks, I just went on a self-guided walkabout of the factory. There was no...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank KathleenR_28
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