Category: Madeira Vintners

Madeira Vintners Releases Their First Wines

  Today, the 5th of April 2016, Madeira Vintners releases their first two wines. Not something that happens on a regular basis anymore in Madeira; that a new producer enters the traditional fortified wines scene. It’s been a long road…

First Madeira Visit 2016

  It’s always great to be back in Madeira. Or as a friend put it; welcome home Niklas. This year’s first visit to the island included visits to both Blandy’s new top-notch facility in Caniçal and the company’s impressive 4.5…

Madeira Vintners – Thank You Paulo!

  Writing a wine site solely about Madeira wine becomes quite personal from time to time. I dedicate a lot of time on what I consider the most breathtaking wine in the world. Hence this; I still remember the first…

DNA Analyzing Tinta Negra, Listrão & Caracol

  At my most recent visit to Madeira, Paulo Mendes told me about a project he had started together with Foundation Plant Services at UC Davis in California; to have Listrão scientifically confirmed to be the same (or not) as…

A New Winery Is Born – A Sneak Preview

  Last year, the new producer Madeira Vintners used their facilities and winery for the first time. Few have visited so here’s a sneak preview of the interior, exterior and inventory. For the bottled wines you still have to show…

Caracol, Listrão & Madeira Vintners

  It’s delicious to eat, the Listrão, but now I am about to taste my first young vinified version of it. And what adds extra excitement, is the fact that next to the Listrão there’s a Caracol. Porto Santo re-enters…

Photo Of The Day: Bual

  2012 is considered a very fine vintage for most grape varieties in Madeira. In general 2013 was a more difficult year and yet I’ve heard more than one producer indicate that last year resulted in superior grapes. A more…

The Fortification Process – Facts & Thoughts

  Vinic alcohol. That is, neutral spirit with no characteristics besides the 95.6 percent alcohol by volume content. Used in Madeira to arrest the fermentation. The alcohol is purified by repeated distillation and vinic alcohol simply means that it derives…

Madeira Vintners; Identifying A Native Yeast

  “This year we relied in native yeast and the fermentation went very well, except for the very first ones that took between two and three weeks to start. But has the first ones started the subsequent are quite quick….

The resurrection of Listrão?

  Madeira wine is not restricted merely to the island itself. Grapes are also cultivated on the island of Porto Santo. Located northeast of Madeira, Porto Santo differs a lot compared to the main island, climate wise and also soil…

Madeira Vintners

  Six months ago I met Paulo Mendes. In Avignon. For two days we tasted a lot of Rhône wines together, had some excellent local cuisine, talked wine and all that surrounds it. Sorting tables, shapes of the casks, age…

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