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Blandy's Wine Lodge

Avenida Arriaga 28, Funchal, Madeira 9000-064, Portugal
+351 291 228 978
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Guided tour too brief

The tour lasts 45 minutes and gives a brief overview of how Madeira wine is made. It was... read more

Reviewed yesterday
London, United Kingdom
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A tour

We really enjoyed this tour. The guide made her talk very interesting and quite funny. Over all a... read more

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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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Avenida Arriaga 28, Funchal, Madeira 9000-064, Portugal
+351 291 228 978
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

The tour lasts 45 minutes and gives a brief overview of how Madeira wine is made. It was interesting, but far too brief. I learnt more from reading the Wikipedia summary beforehand. It finishes in a museum room packed full of objects, but none was...More

Thank TD1733
Reviewed yesterday

We really enjoyed this tour. The guide made her talk very interesting and quite funny. Over all a worthwhile experience to do when in Funchal.

Thank Hilary477
Reviewed 2 days ago

Right in the centre of Funchal is the wine lodge of Blandys , where you can try out the sweet to dry versions of madeira. You pay a little for each sample but the cost is then taken of the price of a bottle of...More

Thank keekee27
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Interesting place, but too big group. You could't hear guide's speach all the time. Also a warm place to visit. Tasting could be much better, ok, the price is almost nothing (5,95 €) but I could pay more for better tasting

Thank 710riittak
Reviewed 3 days ago

The tour was given by the lovely Sofia, who told us all about the history and making of madeira wine. It was a very informative and enjoyable tour and Sofia was humourous throughout. The tour ended with 2 glasses of Madeira to try. It was...More

Thank Kim H
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

We did a tour whilst on a port stop on our cruise... Our guide was great as she was very knowledgable and was able to tell us all about how Madeira wine is made and it was interesting to hear about the history of it...More

Thank Kim P
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Nice tasting adventure for A Nice price. 5.90€ for 2 glases of excellent madeira wines. 45 minutes explanation how madeira wines are created.

Thank Tony v
Reviewed 4 days ago

Really interesting visit. We found that we do actually like madeira wine and were able to purchase our favourite at an excellent price.

Thank alichaddock
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

A must see in Funchal, Madeira. Three different types of tour are offered, with each one more comprehensive than the next. Not all tours are available at the same time, so check in advance for the correct time of the tour you would like to...More

Thank bb506
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Managed to squeeze a visit to Blandy's and it is very interesting certainly worth it for wine buffs. Very informative tour and ending with a tasting of Madeira wine. Did buy a few bottles as gifts and one bonus is that you can pay for...More

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Kelly C
Has anyone rented one of the apartments associated with Blandys? I'm having trouble locating written reviews of the apartments apart from the wine tours. Thanks!
14 March 2017|
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Response from Hoggan67 |
Just spent 4 days in one of the apartments. They are great, very well furnished, lots of space, no noise from surrounding areas. You will see lots of reviews on booking, not on tripadvisor
Brenda B
Hi, Due to visit the island in late March. What is the price of your tour.
13 March 2017|
Response from Ana V |
Dear Mrs. Brenda, Thank you for your contact and interest on visiting us! Regarding your email we would like to inform you that we daily guided tours at 10:30; 14:30; 15:30 and 16:30. Please find below more detail... More
Graham W
Do you have to pay for Blandy's wine tour?
19 June 2016|
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Response from Ken-Bid | Reviewed this property |
Yes the tour is really a wine tasting but the big advantage is to buy your wine on the tour and you pick it up at the Airport and save on the airport price!!