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  Museum of the Madeira Wine Institute  

The Museum of Madeira Wine is located in and forms part of the buildings of the Madeira Wine Institute, or Instituto do Vinho da Madeira - the Official authority for quality control and trade relations regarding Madeira wine. The building belonged formerly to Henry Veitch, the former English consul to Madeira during the first half of the nineteenth century. The architecture of the building with its prominent watch tower is enough reason in itself to visit and enjoy the rather inconspicuous Museum.

The museum is a pedagogical approach to Madeira wine: its history, method of production, cooperage, export markets, instrumentation, and nostalgia. The museum tries to focus on areas that receive little or no attention when Madeira wine is mentioned in visitor guides or books: the types of wood used for barrels, the types and methods of early wine presses, the casks, sheep or goatskins, or bullock cart modes of transportation of times past, and so on. A live cooperage is also a feature at the museum. However, the making of the vats do not undergo a strict schedule so it is not guaranteed that a guest will encounter the cooper busy at his task....

The museum provides a photo and documented retrospective on the changes of technology in the industry, including the first wooden instruments and holders, the subsequent changes to metallic mechanisms and holders, and then to the high tech and sophisticated methods of production lines in today's Madeira wine industry.

The museum has staff to help and assist the visitor in any way with questions and information needs. A lot of free literature, pamphlets and magazines are available free of charge to the public.


More Info:

  • Opening Times:
    Mondays to Fridays:
    Open from 09H30 to 12H00 and from 14H00 to 17H00

    Closed on weekends and public holidays.

  • Contact:
    Instituto do Vinho da Madeira
    Rua 5 de Outubro, 78
    9000 Funchal
    Tel: (351 91) 22 46 00
    Fax:(351 91) 22 86 85

  • Admission:
    All visitors: Free
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