Celebrating one of the island’s most famous exports, the Madeira Wine Festival is one of its most popular events, incorporating exhibitions, demonstrations, workshops and plenty of wine-tasting. Taking place during the annual grape harvest, the main pedestrian street of Avenida Arriaga turns into an outdoor exhibition centre. You’ll be able to see exactly how this famous wine is produced with grape-pressing and wine-making demonstrations taking place while local Madeiran bands provide the soundtrack to the festivities. Although most of the activities occur in the capital of Funchal, take a trip to the village of Estreito de Câmara de Lobos for one of the festival highlights - a traditional parade followed by an open invitation for everyone to participate in the treading of the grapes.
The Madeira Wine Festival is a two-week event which takes place in Funchal, the island’s capital. The majority of events happen at Praça do Povo, including the Chef’s Dinners and the Wine Tasting. Other events, including the wine-based cocktail workshop, take place at the Madeira Wine Lodge which has a history of over 200 years of wine-making. In order to reserve your place at one of the Chef’s Dinners and to explore the full programme of activities, please head to the Wine Festival’s official website.
The main square, Praça do Povo, is a temporary home to the festival’s Wine Village during the celebrations. The Festa do Vinho, as it’s known locally, gathers together the island’s most important wine producers - those who produce the famed fortified wine as well as the lesser known still wine. Indulge in one of the Chef’s Dinners, which take place every Thursday, Friday and Saturday during the festival. These consist of a three-course meal with each course prepared by one of Madeira’s top chefs and expertly paired with wine provided by one of its top wine merchants.
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While you’re planning your trip to Madeira, you’ll find that there’s plenty to see and do on this beautiful island, including: Monte Palace Tropical Garden, Levada Caldeiraio Verde and Ponta de Sao Lourenco. Head to São Vicente to explore the volcanic caves.
To find out more information about this great wine festival, please head to the festival’s official website where you’ll be able to view the official programme of events, see the full list of wine merchants and learn more about the history and traditions of the festival.
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