IG – Terras Madeirenses / DOC – Madeira and DOC – Madeirense.

They call it the “Atlantic Garden” for its amazing diversity of flowers, fruit trees and wild flora. Its Laurisilva Forest is listed as a Natural World Heritage site.

Wine Tourism

The vineyards are part of the greenery and lush vegetation which is found in Madeira, From these vines, wines are produced which have been part of the long Portuguese history and even the world. It is known that the independence of the United States of America was celebrated with a glass of Madeira wine!

 In addition to the island of Madeira, the Porto Santo Island, which is essentially known for its paradise like beaches, is also now starting to be talked about as they begin to release new wines.

In Madeira the cusine is very typical! Dishes such as large meat skewers, grilled limpets and Bolo do Caco (sweet bread) sandwich are only a few of the many delicacies that go beautifully with the white wine produced on the island.

After delighting in the food, take some time to explore the natural beauty of the island through walks along the “levadas” (a system of channels or aqueducts to carry water), taste the tropical fruits in Funchal central market or take long dips in the warm and transparent waters of the islands.

Cities to visit: Funchal, Porto Moniz, Porto Santo

Main grape varieties

Main varieties: Sercial, Boal, Verdelho, Tinta Negra

Madeira has been exporting its fortified, dry or sweet, and intensely flavoured wines since the 15th century, and was made famous because of them. Islanders take pride in their winemaking! 

Madeira wine usually has an amber color and a high acidity, typical from the grape varieties which the wine is made of, but very well balanced with notes of caramel and toasted dried fruits. White table wines are also special, they are very fresh and amazingly acidic and saline. 

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