Blandy’s Family History Wine Tour
An all-day tour of properties owned by Madeira’s Blandy family, a British family who first came to the island in the 19th century and have been linked to the economic development of the island ever since. The tour includes a visit to a vineyard, the award-winning Palheiro Gardens, lunch at Casa Velho do Palheiro country house, and a guided visit of the Blandy Wine Lodge.
Quinta de Santa Luiza is a traditional working manor house, bought by the first Blandy to visit Madeira, in 1826, John Blandy. Still very much a farm estate it features a variety of flora and fauna, and vines used in the production of Blandy’s Madeira wine.
Owned by the Blandy family, Palheiro Gardens were landscaped in the eighteenth century for the then-owner, the Conde de Carvalhal. Over time many tropical plants have been introduced, creating an exquisite example of the island’s fauna. After a guided visit and free time to explore, enjoy a traditional lunch, paired with Blandy’s wine, at Casa Velha do Palheiro, a Relais & Châteaux country house hotel, set within the gardens.
End your day at Blandy’s wine lodge, the heart of the family’s wine business, acquired by Charles Ridpath Blandy in the mid-nineteenth century. You’ll sample wines from some of the 650 barrels and vats whilst learning about the traditional Canteiro method which gives Madeiran wine its distinctive character.
This is an exclusive 6.5hr tour for two people and includes English speaking guide and hotel pick-up and travel by private car. From £220 per person.