Wine Museum of Madeira

Visit one of the wineries of Madeira, located in a Medieval monastery and try its delicious wines, impregnated with history.

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Museu do Vinho da Madeira (Wine Museum of Madeira)
© Turismo da Madeira

After leaving the hubbub of the main street of Funchal, you could go into the quiet courtyards of Adegas de São Francisco and your conception of time will change. Here you can find bottled wines from 1860, slowly getting older in the top floor, guarded in Brazilian satinwood or American oak barrels.

This old wooden building, with its balconies full of wisteria, was once the Saint Francis Convent, and it was turned into a winery only in 1834. At that time, Madeiran wines were sailed to the Ecuador with the belief that the sea movement improved the wine. The production process suffered a huge transformation when, by chance, it was discovered that the unique Madeiran wine was not caused by the movement, but by the heat.

Nowadays, the wine is “boiled” in big jars with the sun’s heat, helped by hot water pipes. All this can be seen while you have a walk through the courtyards, where you can see the old wooden presses and books about the art of mixing the wines, just as the rooms heated with the delicious smell of old wood and wine, which are the prelude of the amusement of the testing room, when the visit is done. This room is decorated with murals from 1922 painted by Max Romer.

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Location:

Avenida Arriaga 28, Funchal, Madeira.

Ticket price:

Guided tours 4,20€.

Opening hours:

Open from Monday to Friday from 9h30 to 18h30, with guided tours at 10h30, 14h30, 15h30 and 16h30.

Saturdays from 10h00 to 13h00, with guided tour at 11h00.

Closed on Sundays.

Telephone:

(+351) 291 740 110.

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