Madeira Wine

Madeira Wine

Madeira Wine is also a regional product, truly appreciated by those who visit the island. This is one of the main economic products of the region, a source of wealth, whose origin dates back to the time of the colonisation of Madeira in the 16th century, when the first varieties of grapes were introduced by order of Prince Henry. However, the production of wine would only reach its peak later, with the decline in the production of sugar cane in the 17th century. It was still during the time of the Portuguese Discoveries and the intercontinental sea voyages that the heating of the casks of the vats (today called a greenhouse process), due to the heat of the tropics, was found to keep the wine drinkable for a longer period of time and gave it a peculiar caramel flavour that improved it. As the archipelago of Madeira evolved, other varieties of grapes were introduced, but the noblest varieties are still Sercial (dry), Verdelho (medium dry), Boal or Bual (medium sweet) and Malmsey (sweet).


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