The Madeira Wine Festival is one of the island´s main tourist attractions that pays tribute to this precious nectar and its undeniable socioeconomic significance, an event programmed from September, 3rd to 27th.
Taking place during the grape harvest in late August, early September, this event aims to recreate the old traditions of Madeira, which were developed over centuries of labour in viticulture.
This event has been commemorated since the late seventies of the last century. It begins in Funchal and includes the European Folklore Week, ornamentations, exhibitions and live portraits depicting the wine culture, as well as traditional and light music performances.
This Festival culminates in Estreito de Câmara de Lobos, with the Wine Harvest Festival. Find out more about what to expect from the Madeira Wine Festival:
Other initiatives included in the programme:
European Folklore Week
European Folklore Week, an event organised by the Boa Nova Ethnography and Folk Group, is a folklore festival that aims to promote an intercultural gathering and promote ethnographic realities, with the participation of national and foreign groups.
Street Entertainment - September 3rd to 27th
The city centre of Funchal, especially the central walkway of Avenida Arriaga, in addition to the usual performance of Folklore Groups, there will be a very diversified musical program that includes light music, world music, choral singing, jazz, traditional music and philharmonic music.
At Praça do Povo, the Madeira Wine lounge will be set up, recreating a more cosmopolitan and contemporary environment associated with the consumption of wine, through thematic dinners that are inspired by the flavours and wines of each producing municipality. This area will also include an stage with various musical entertainment.
Madeira Wine Harvest - September 12th
On Saturday morning all attention is focused on Estreito de Câmara de Lobos, where the Madeira Wine & Film Harvest takes place. The harvest takes place on a Madeiran farm, followed by an ethnographic parade with the participation of a large number of folklore and ethnography groups. After the parade, the treading of the grapes is re-enacted using a traditional press in a festive atmosphere with musical entertainment and regional cuisine. Participation is free.
Madeira Wine & Film Harvest - September 17th to 20th
Quinta da Magnólia is the stage of the “Madeira Wine & Film Harvest”. This event presents films depicting the wine, as main topic, but also offers a lounge area with wine tastings of Madeira PDO wines, in an ambience inspired in the Wine Festival festivities.