Exploring the Madeira Wines Route means enjoying the opportunity to immerse yourself in the century-old history and secrets of one of the archipelago's most internationally acclaimed products. This distinctive nectar is an unmistakable mark of Madeiran culture and its landscapes.
Did you know that this is one of the few regions in the world that produces mountain wines?
One of the charms of the Madeira Wines Route is, precisely, the diversity of scenarios it offers. The landscape of the wine-growing autonomous region, spread over the islands of Madeira and Porto Santo, has around 500 hectares of vineyards. These plots of land can be found both at sea level and at higher elevations, at an altitude of 700 metres.
The production of wine with Protected Denomination of Origin "Madeira" (PDO Madeira) and "Madeirense" (PDO Madeirense), as well as the wine with Protected Geographical Indication "Terras Madeirenses" (PGI Terras Madeirenses), is mainly carried out in slopes/terraces. Ingeniously built by human hand, supported by stone walls, they allow cultivation on very steep slopes. Resembling a staircase, they offer a unique peculiarity to the framings of the archipelago.
Which places should you really visit?
The Madeira Wines Route allows you to admire, up close, some cinematic vineyard landscapes. Here are a few of them:
Between São Vicente and Seixal: on this route, it's possible to observe the iconic trellis vines by the sea (some even a few metres from the water).
Estreito de Câmara de Lobos: the largest area of vineyards in Madeira, from the coastal area to Jardim da Serra, at an altitude of over 600 metres.
Experimental Viticulture Station: located in Arco de São Jorge, it integrates the Vine and Wine Museum.
Quinta de Santa Luzia: belonging to the Blandy family, it allows you to get in touch with the profile of traditional Madeiran farms. It still produces grapes used for some of the wines of the Madeira Wine Company.
Fajã do Barro viewpoint: located in Porto Moniz, it allows you to overlook the vineyards of Fajã do Barro, Fajã de Manuel and Arrudal da Ribeira da Janela, framed by the Atlantic.
Ginjas: offers a panoramic view of the São Vicente valley, with vineyards on both sides of the mountain.
Take advantage of the Madeira Wines Route to savour this gift of Nature in complete serenity. Choose the right wine for each moment or meal and let yourself be carried away by the notes of elegance and authenticity that make this product so unique.