Madeira is world famous for its fortified wine, however the island’s wineries also produce table wines with a unique flavour influenced by the volcanic soils. Learn more about the diversity of Madeira wines on this full-day, private wine tasting and gastronomy tour.
The tour begins on the western side of the island, enabling you to contemplate the most dramatic and breathtaking scenery. Make a stop at Cabo Girão, the highest seacliff in Europe, before reaching the north coast. Continue your journey through part of the Laurissilva (Laurel) forest, which has been designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site due to its incredible biodiversity and state of preservation.
On arrival at São Vicente, it is time for your first wine tasting. You will visit the private vineyard of Quinta do Barbusano, where you will have a guided tour of the property. This will be followed by a traditional lunch paired with the vineyard’s table wines.
After lunch, continue on the north coast of the island, to a second private vineyard – Terras do Avô. Enjoy a tour of the property followed by a tutored tasting of the vineyard’s table wines.
On your return back to the south coast, drive along the north coastal road where waterfalls cascade down the rockface. A final stop will be made in Camara de Lobos where you will visit a local bar to sample Poncha: a traditional alcoholic drink made with aguardente de cana (distilled alcohol made from sugar cane juice), honey, sugar, and either orange juice or lemon juice.
Then return to your hotel in Funchal.
NB It is possible to take lunch at Terras do Avô instead of at Quinta do Barbusano for a supplement
- Stop in a local bar to try Poncha
- Tour guide
- Tour, wine tasting & lunch at Quinta do Barbusano
- Tour & wine tasting at Terras do Avô