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Old 30-11-2003, 02:37 PM
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We (my wife and I) plan to stay one week in January. We would like to visit
a few wine Co if possible, and we do welcome suggestions.

(Substitute "warm" for "hot" if not answerring here)

Henning Knagsted




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Old 02-12-2003, 06:51 PM
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Hi,

I presume you're staying in Funchal?

If so try;

The Old Blandy Wine Lodge - very good, does guided tours, has 2 tasting
rooms 1free the other is vintage and costs but you try it.

HM Borges - You can walk around the winery by yourself or just try the wines
in their tasting room.

D'Oliverias - A bit more commercialised but still worth a visit as wine is
free!

There is also a winery just east of Reids Palace, I think its called
Barbeitos or similar.

They are all walkable from the centre of town - ask at your hotel and I'm
sure they will point them out on a map.

We didn't get there but the one I also wanted to visit is in Ribeiro Brava
the next major town east of Funchal - Henriques & Henriques.

Definitely buy the wine at the wineries if you can - some will ship home for
you.

Hope this helps

ds
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We (my wife and I) plan to stay one week in January. We would like to

visit
a few wine Co if possible, and we do welcome suggestions.

(Substitute "warm" for "hot" if not answerring here)

Henning Knagsted





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Sorry that should have been west of Reids Palace - must have stayed too long
at Blandy's!

ds


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We (my wife and I) plan to stay one week in January. We would like to

visit
a few wine Co if possible, and we do welcome suggestions.

(Substitute "warm" for "hot" if not answerring here)

Henning Knagsted





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"Derek Stubbs" skrev i en meddelelse
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Sorry that should have been west of Reids Palace - must have stayed too

long
at Blandy's!

ds


Thank you for the information, it was just what we needed!

Yes, we'll stay in Funchal, but we've rented a care and plan to explore as
much as possible of the Island during our one-week stay. Our interest in
wine in general is far from new, but the interest in Madeira Wines is quite
new.

Thanks again.

Best regards
Henning


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Old 04-12-2003, 07:16 PM
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Hi,

Try and do the Blandy's tour first if possible, its particularly good and
informative about Madeira wine.

Bear the following in mind;

There are a number of "noble" Madeira grapes that are used to make several
styles of Madeira from dry to sweet - Sercial, Verdelho, Bual and Malmsey -
if they are not mentioned on the bottle the wine is made from Tinta Negra
Mole - a grape which mimics the others according to what height it is grown
at. Most restaurants will offer sweet - dry and all are probably t-n-m.

Vintage Madeira must have spent at least 20 years in a barrel before being
bottled.

Most Madeira (from the noble grapes) will be referred to as 5,10 or 15 year
old. Some are excellent, some less so - you've got to try as many as you
can!

There are a few colheitas - wine produced from one years harvest but that
don't fall into the above categories.

Good luck with the trip - sorry if the info is a bit overload.

Any other help on Madeira & places to visit etc drop me a line at
or afw

ds

"Knagsted" wrote in message
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"Derek Stubbs" skrev i en meddelelse
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Sorry that should have been west of Reids Palace - must have stayed too

long
at Blandy's!

ds


Thank you for the information, it was just what we needed!

Yes, we'll stay in Funchal, but we've rented a care and plan to explore as
much as possible of the Island during our one-week stay. Our interest in
wine in general is far from new, but the interest in Madeira Wines is

quite
new.

Thanks again.

Best regards
Henning






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