Exclusive on Go Discover Portugal the Madeira wine tour!
Madeira has a long wine making history, dating back to the Age of Exploration when Madeira was a port for ships heading to the New World or East Indies. On the long sea voyages the wine would be exposed to excessive heat and the movement of the ships which changed the flavour of the wines. The Madeira wine producers where not aware of this until an unsold shipment was returned after the long journey back to Madeira, On opening the bottle the producers realized the wine tasted different and better than when it left and the producers changed their wine making methods to recreate the taste. Madeira wine is the only wine in the world that is heated during the wine production to accomplish this unique taste!
To start this day of Madeira wine discovery you will be collected at your accommodation at 9AM
Your first discoveries will be at Câmara de Lobos (the chamber of Wolves) believed to be the he original landing point for the Portuguese discoverer João Gonçalves Zarco, who is credited with the discovery of the Madeira Islands.
In this location you will be taken on a Guided tour of an established Madeira Wine producer.
You will learn about the process of making the fortified Madeira Wine and its history.
And you will visit the warehouse where the wines are aged in old oak casks.
You will taste 10 wines from different ages and learn to recognize their unique flavour.
From the urban centre we then go to the very beautiful rural North of the Island São Vicente, Seixal, Porto Moniz. You will be driven by the vineyards of this are to visit the prominent modern winery of table wines and have a tasting of two local wines in the winery.
We then visit a local vineyard where we see and learn about the grape varieties and a tasting of a white and red wine.
You will be treated to a 3 course lunch consisting of typical Madeira dishes Then a complete lunch with local typical food, deserts accompanied by the wines produced in this vineyard.
After lunch you will visit an area that is possibly the most beautiful area of Madeira, the town of Porto Moniz. You will see the natural swimming pools on the coast where the sea retracted and left these pools for us to swim in.
On the way there will be a possibility to try the local drink made with the Madeira Rum.
During the tour we will stop at some of the better viewpoints of the beautiful Madeira Island.
Return to the accommodation will be around 5 pm
Prices and details of the tour: 8 people minimum
Times: possible everyday but requires pre-reservation 9h00 – 17h00
Price: 120€ per person in a group of 8
Including: Transfers, wines and waters, lunch, tax and insurance.
Please book in advance! would you like to do this trip customized to your needs and preferences, contact us so we can tailor you a solution.