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Madeira

Known worldwide as the “Pearl of the Atlantic”, Madeira is a prime tourist destination, with stunning natural landscapes.

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The Madeira archipelago, made up of Madeira Island, Porto Santo, the three uninhabitable Desert Islands, and the natural reserve of the Savage Islands, located in the Atlantic ocean around 1000 km from mainland Portugal, has a subtropical climate and breathtaking landscapes. 
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Regarded as one of the most beautiful holiday destinations in Europe, it is, simultaneously, a region for vineyard cultivation, having as ex-libris the "Madeira" wine, praised worldwide and known for its rich colors, involving aromas and uncommon longevity, it is considered as the flagship of wine production in this region. 
The soils are of volcanic origin, fertile and very rich in organic matter. The production of Madeira wine dates back practically to the first half of the 15th century, time when the island was discovered. The first grape varieties were introduced by command of Henry the Navigator. 
The Madeira Designation of Origin is made up of 450 hectares of vineyards, where the prominent grape variety, responsible for more than 80% of the total vineyard population, is Tinta Negra. The other fine grape varieties are Sercial, Verdelho, Boal and Malvasia, all white.
The quality of Madeira wine is determined by its ageing, which can be classified in a five, ten and fifteen-year period. In addition to the extraordinary qualities of Madeira wine, regarding the aromas and flavor, this fortified wine has an uncommon longevity, being almost eternal, as hundreds of years after being bottled, its characteristics remain intact.
The export of Madeira wine around the world began in the 18th century. It was very popular in most European courts, mainly England, France and the United States. It was even mentioned in the play written by Shakespeare to the King Henry IV. The quality of the production of white, red and rosé wines was also recognized, which led to the creation of the Madeira designation of origin in 1990.
Wine Tourism
Wine Tourism
A tour around Madeira will show you the beauty of its impressive cliffs with breathtaking views, rolling hills covered by vegetation, banana plantations and vines hanging on the top of hills, as well as magnificiently preserved villages, with typically Portuguese houses and churches, which spot the entire island.
The beautiful city of Funchal, the capital of the archipelago, located in the south coast of the island, in a beautiful bay bathed by the Atlantic, is rich in history, culture, architecture and gastronomy, and provides its visitors with a range of attractions and leisure activities, wonderful gardens, squares and traditional Portuguese pavement, museums and monuments. There one can also visit the Madeira wine cellars, installed in typical houses of Madeira, where one can taste a wide selection of wines from several harvests, many of them old and a true rarity. In the municipality of Funchal one can also visit some wineries, where a great variety of wines and regional products can be tasted. The grape harvest season in late August and early September is also the time when the Madeira Wine Festival takes place, a festival which aims to recreate the old winemaking traditions of Madeira developed over centuries.
The gastronomy of Madeira is characterized by a Mediterranean origin, which excels both for the traditional and the contemporary, with a great variety of fish,seafood, vegetables and tropical fruits. The traditional dishes of this island are the marlin steak, the tuna steak or pickled tuna, grilled beef on a laurel skewer or Madeira skewer, a dish which consists of grilled meat and seafood on a sword skewer. The so-called "Bolo do Caco" bread is another delight, usually served with garlic butter.
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