After record shipments at the turn of the century, the market folded in 1914 with the close of the French ports. Thereafter, the Madeira wine trade became dormant. Gradually it picked up momentum and has over the past few decades begun experiencing a renaissance.
Madeira is now once more in demand for its natural and enduring characteristics as an excellent before, or after, dinner drink. The popularity has become such that even American, Californian, wine growers have tried to imitate and sell their own version of “Madeira” wine...

The Madeira Wine Institute
The Madeira Wine Institute opposite the city hall in Funchal. Henry Veitch, H.B.M. Agent and Consul General for Madeira in the mid 1850’s built the now historical mansion as his city residence.

In 1979 the new state wine institute was founded (lnstituto do Vinho da Madeira) and this heralded a new start.

The role of this Institute is to observe and control the entire process of Madeira's wine production. This means that there is supervision right from the planting of the vine itself, through the fermentation and maturing process and right through to the stopping of the cork as it is pushed into the newly filled bottle.

It is the Institute’s responsibility to ensure that Madeira’s wine is authentic, controlling every step. Only then is the wine granted its official stamp (selo de garantia) and individual number. In addition, it is responsible for the education of wine specialists.



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