Madeira, region of mountainous wines
It is necessary to taste them again and again so to understand and appreciate them, -and then allow ourselves to be carried away and enjoy everything they give us. These are magnificent wines, produced from the grape varieties introduced on the region that successfully adapted to the island’s soils and several microclimates. These are always small productions, when compared to other wine regions, one of the few that produces mountain wines.
The wine-growing landscape found in the Autonomous Region of Madeira, spread throughout the islands of Madeira and Porto Santo, encompasses approximately 500 hectares of vineyards for the production of wine with the Denomination of Origin “Madeira” (DO Madeira) and “Madeirense” (DO Madeirense), as well as wine with the Geographical Indication “Terras Madeirenses” (GI Terras Madeirenses). The terraces thereof, humanly built, are supported by stone walls, a creative way the Madeiran citizens discovered to enable the cultivation of their land along the steep slopes. Several of these terraces resemble stairways from the sea level to the higher plots, at 700 meters of altitude.
Globally recognized as a tourist destination of excellence, the island of Madeira is also recognized for the notoriety of Madeira wine.