Category: Production Methods

A Madeiran Riesling!

Although one of the world’s most unique wines originates from the island it’s a fact that the Madeirenses mostly consume table wines. The fortified wines are not an everyday drink – instead the island inhabitants import a substantial amount of…

Cask 44a – again, again and again!

Stuck on the repeat button you think? How many times will he write about the 2000 Malvasia Cask 44a? I know, I should keep my hands off the Malvasia for a while and save some of those precious bottles for…

Vinhos Barbeito: A grande finale

-There are more modern instruments, but we like this old one, Americo says when explaining for me how they measure the alcohol content in the wines. We’re standing in the laboratory of Vinhos Barbeito together with Americo Pereira who’s guiding…

H.M. Borges – still a desert island wine?

  A cascade of orange peel, sugar cane, nutmeg, vanilla and old casks fills the glass. It’s so complex and sublime you just want to sit there for an hour an savor the bouquet. – We bottled this in celebration…

Big is beautiful: presenting Madeira Wine Company

  – Please, may I hold her? There’s no doubt about our two daughter’s popularity amongst the lovely employee’s at the Blandy’s Lodge in Avendia Arriaga. Nor is there any questions concerning our own urge to visit the lodge again,…

The last Bastardo

Admit it – Bastardo sounds more interesting than Trousseau. Unfortunately the growers on the island of Madeira disagrees and today the grape is more or less extinct. You will find a plant at Rua dos Ferreiros 109 when you stand…

Artur Barros e Sousa – a true handcraft

You know the phrase – ” A picture is worth a thousand words.” If I had to pick just one to describe the handcraft expressed in everything Artur and Edmundo stands for it would have to be this one! Dust,…

Borracheiro – the carrier’s

There was a time when transporting wine only was possible in two ways; by boat or by borracheiro. The borracheiro, a man who transported the grape juice right after pressing, was a common sight on Madeira before vehicles and the…

Sercial at Blandy’s Wine Lodge

A sudden quick shower surprised us – thankfully just a hundred meters from the Blandy’s Lodge on Avenida Arriaga – can one ask for a better shelter? The Vintage Room at the lodge is heaven for a Madeira wine freak…

Tinta Negra Mole – Give the grape a break!

Bemocked and minimized in importance for years – it is now time to give Tinta Negra Mole, or just Tinta Negra, some credit. Not only for the fact it can provide great varietal wines but also for in some extent…

Bottle number 475 out of 1026!

The coolest thing about the 2000 Malvasia Cask 44a from Vinhos Barbeito? It was not ment to be! In March 2007 Ricardo Diogo V. Freitas decided that amongst the 32 casks of their 2000 Malvasia, cask 40a were to be…

Júlio Augusto Cunha – 1928 Sercial

  1820:an ska tydligen vara något i hästväg. Cunha’s Sercial vill säga. Samma år som firman startade klämde man till med en Sercial som fortfarande cirkulerar på marknaden, trots Cunha sedan länge är fusionerat med Pereira d’Oliveira.   Just samgåendet…

H.M. Borges Verdelho Solera 1915

H.M. Borges – ett aktat namn bland Madeira-anhängarna. Henrique Menezes Borges importerade livsmedel till ön och all vinst verksamheten genererade användes till inköp av äldre viner. När mängden inhandlat vin var modell större startade Borges 1877 sin partidista – att…

1913 Verdelho; solera eller vintage?

1913. Utan att bli alltför högtravande är det ändå svårt undgå skänka en tanke till vad som komma skulle i Europa. Några skott i Sarajevo skulle vända upp och ner på världsordningen. Kanske då bättre skänka en tanke till mer…

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