It is a beautiful landscape, one of vineyards separated by stone walls which are still built by hand by local farmers.
The terraces overlap in steep slopes forming generous grapevined steps with a volcanic soil that gives Madeira wine its unique and singular notes.
Winner of numerous awards, Madeira wine is a fortified wine produced in the Demarcated Region of Madeira with designation of origin Madeira. It was mentioned by William Shakespeare in 'Henry IV' and it is said that in the fifteenth century, the brother of Edward IV of England, sentenced to death, chose to be drowned in a vat of Malvasia wine. Its taste leaves no one indifferent!
Between August and September, Madeira is alive with the intensity of the harvest. Hard work is alleviated by traditional festivities that allow visitors to even take part in the process of harvesting the grapes and their transformation into wine. It is a unique and unforgettable experience.
Currently, Madeira wine is known worldwide not only as a wine for drinking, but also for its applications in cooking. The region has several important wine producers such as 'Henriques & Henriques', the 'Madeira Wine Company', that belongs to the Blandy family, 'Vinho Barbeitos', 'Vinho Justino Henriques, Filhos', and 'Pereira d'Oliveira Vinhos e Silva Vinho'.
Viticulture is mostly concentrated in Estreito de Câmara de Lobos.
The quality of the wine is not only guaranteed by the excellence of the producers but also by the work of the Wine, Embroidery and Handicraft Institute of Madeira (IVBAM) that regulates and controls the production and marketing of the wines, overseeing the process of fermentation, distillation, rectification, preparation, and storage.
In addition to the chemical analysis of wines, IVBAM has a panel of experts who make tastes the wine to ensure its quality and authenticity.