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Protected Designation of Origin – Madeira wine

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Protected Designation of Origin – Madeira wine
Location Rua 5 de Outubro 78
9000-079 FUNCHAL
District: Madeira
County :Funchal
Parish:
Contacts Tel:291204600
Fax:291228685
Email:ivbam@gov-madeira.pt

Vine growing in Madeira island began with Infante D. Henrique, who brought Malmsey vine-stocks from Greece. Since then, it played a decisive role in the production of Madeira generous wine that in the 18th century began to be exported to the whole world. In that period, wine barrels were transported in boats and if they were not sold abroad, they would come back to the island. It became clear by then that the wine won a particular aroma and flavour in this process. Therefore, since 1730 Madeira wine barrels were sent in long boat trips, so as to mature its qualities. In the beginning of the 19th century, producers began to replicate the heating and cooling processes that took place in high sea. Since then, steaming (“estufagem”) and heating (“canteiro”) processes have been applied to stimulate these actions. Madeira Designation of Origin covers an area of around 450 ha of vineyards in a typically Mediterranean climate with mild temperatures all year long and low temperature ranges, even though air humidity is always high. Apart from Malmsey vine-stock, other varieties are also used in the production of Madeira wine, such as Sercial, Boal and Verdelho, providing four sweetness levels to the wine: sweet, half sweet, half dry and dry.

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Responsable: Instituto do Vinho da Madeira

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Localização Rua 5 de Outubro 78
9000-079 FUNCHAL
Distrito: Madeira
County:Funchal
Parish:
Contactos Tel:291204600
Fax:291228685
Email:ivbam@gov-madeira.pt
www.sra.pt/ivm

If any of the information is incorrect, please send an email to lifecooler office

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