Balancal – 14 year old releases potential world record Marlin


Photo from left to right: Me (Paul Watson) of, Luke Kilgour and father Neil Kilgour.

Madeira Island: 14 Year-old LUKE KILGOUR takes the decision to release potential junior world record Atlantic Blue Marlin estimated at weighing 1100lbs.

Funchal, Madeira, July 13th, 2013 – Today was an epic end to a two-day fishing trip I booked for clients from England, Neil (Father) and son Luke Kilgour (14 years old). Yesterday we had a big blue marlin of around 800lbs come up on the short left and took a massive bite with head and shoulders out of the water, she took the lure and ran with it for 50 metres but that was it, she came free.

TODAY THOUGH, Luke who has never caught anything bigger than a small Pufferfish before and who was enjoying his first blue marlin fishing experience ever (as a Christmas present from Dad), was lucky to see another monster blue marlin come up in the spread. With head and broad shoulders out of the water she looked at the short left corner first and then crossed over to the short right corner. It was just after noon and it seemed an eternity as she repeatedly dived down and then came back again to the lure. After a minute had passed by she finally committed and went for the short right. What followed was a show by a pure ‘hollywood’ fish with ‘greyhounding’ across the surface and multiple jumps.

The crew onboard BALANCAL today were skippers Anibal Fernandes, myself (Paul Watson) and Claudio Agrela. Claudio and I were working the deck and we just looked at each other and exclaimed BIG FISH!!!!!! Luke was in the chair and after a two hour fifteen minute epic battle the blue marlin was alongside. Anibal who is well used to estimating weights on big blues put her at a solid 1100lbs, but for good orders sake we will report her as a ‘grander’ plus! The tail fin height alone was WELL OVER a metre! Even though this fish would have smashed the existing junior record (around 800lbs I believe), the decision was taken by all onboard to resuscitate and release the fish. We did this by attaching a rope to the snooter that we were already using to control the fish and by towing the big old girl for a period of 45 minutes before finally letting her swim off to fully recover. What a lucky boy Luke is! In the picture is from left to right, myself (Paul Watson of, Luke Kilgour and dad, Neil Kilgour.

Congratulations Luke from us all at BALANCAL and MADEIRA CHARTERS.

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About Big Game Fishing on the M.Y. Balancal

The ‘Skipper’

Captain Anibal Fernandes is recognised as one of Madeira’s most experienced fisherman. Anibal spent twenty years fishing commercially in South Africa before returning to his native Madeira in 1982. It was at this time that he met Roddy Hayes and eventually became the skipper of ‘Anguila’. Their first season together was one of the most successful ever, with over 80 Blue Marlin caught and tagged. He went on to skipper both ‘Lara Jade’ and ‘Margarita’ and during this time guided anglers to almost 20 ‘granders’. He has now been the skipper of ‘Balancal’ for almost five years.

Motor Yacht Balancal

The Balancal is a British-built Lochin 333 Flybridge sportfisherman, launched in 2001. She was originally commissioned as a private sportfishing yacht and still continues to serve her owners in that capacity, but for the last three years she has also been placed in charter, taking her guests to sea in comfort and safety.

The 33-foot Lochin hull has proved itself in a variety of demanding roles, including that of RNLI lifeboat, and is renowned for its seakeeping and safety. The Balancal is powered by twin 300 hp Perkins diesel engines giving her both speed and manoeuverability. The interior is outfitted to yacht standards with a spacious open cabin and marine head.

A comprehensive ensemble of fishing tackle is carried. For blue marlin we fish with four 130 lb outfits comprising bent butt chair rods and Shimano Tiagra 130 reels spooled with dacron backing and hi-visibility nylon monofilament topshot. A range of lighter tackle is employed for smaller game fish. The lure box is equipped with a select collection of proven artificial baits.

Over the last seven years, despite spending relatively little time on the water, the Balancal has more than proved herself as a fish raiser with notable highlights including a fish of over 1000 lbs hooked and lost in September 2003, a giant fish estimated at 1100+ lbs released in September 2004, a double hookup with two fish estimated at 700 and 1000 lb+ in June 2005, and in July 2006 the successful catch and release of three blue marlin in a single day.

Captain Anibal’s unequalled experience at the helm, combined with the capabilities and equipment of the Balancal, provide her anglers with the best possible chance of success.

The boats’ videographer specializing in big game fishing can be booked by appointment to record your day’s charter.

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Foto de esq. para dir.: eu (Paul Watson) de, Luke Kilgour e pai Neil Kilgou

LUKE KILGOUR com 14 anos resolve largar Espadim Azul, potencialmente o recorde mundial para juniores, com peso estimado de 1,100 libras (500 Kg).

Funchal, Madeira, 13 de Julho, 2013 – Hoje foi um final inesquecível para 2 dias de pesca grossa que organizei para clientes vindos da Inglaterra; Neil (pai) e filho Luke Kilgour (com 14 anos). Ontem tivemos um espadim azul grande com cerca de 800 libras que se lançou à amostra esquerda curta com cabeça e ombros fora de água levando-a cerca de 50 metros antes do peixe se conseguir soltar.

NO ENTANTO HOJE…Luke, que nunca tinha pescado algo maior do que uma cavala e que estava gozar a sua primeira experiência de pesca grossa (presente de Natal do pai), teve a sorte de ver mais um espadim enorme invadir o conjunto das amostras. Com cabeça e ombros largos fora de água, ela olhou primeiro ao canto curto esquerdo e depois cruzou para o canto curto direito. Era um pouco depois do meio dia e pareceu uma eternidade quando ela mergulhou repetidamente e voltou à amostra. Passado um minuto ela finalmente resolveu e atacou ao canto curto direito.  O que seguiu foi “Hollywood” autêntico – o peixe “galgando” através da superfície com múltiplos saltos.

A tripulação abordo do BALANCAL era o Capitão Aníbal Fernandes, eu próprio (Paul Watson) e Claudio Agrela. Claudio e eu estávamos a trabalhar o “deck” e olhamos um para outro exclamando “BIG FISH!!!” Luke estava sentado na cadeira e apôs uma enorme luta de 2 horas e quinze minutos o espadim azul estava ao lado da embarcação. O Aníbal que tem muita experiencia em estimar o peso dos espadins azuis calculou uns 1,100 libras (cerca de 500kg), mas vamos reportá-la como “grander plus”.  A altura da cauda era BASTANTE ACIMA de um metro. Apesar da possibilidade deste peixe demolir o recorde mundial de juniores (cerca de 800 libras creio eu), a decisão foi tomada para ressuscitar e libertar o peixe.  Fizemos isto amarrando um cabo ao “snooter” que estávamos já a usar para controlar o peixe e rebocando a grande senhora durante um período de 15 minutos até finalmente deixá-la nadar para se restabelecer. Que sorte para o Luke !

Parabéns Luke de todos nos no BALANCAL e MADEIRA CHARTERS.

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Madeira Wine Festival Official Programme 2013


Madeira Wine Festival Official Programme 2013

September, 01st to 04th
Municipal Garden Auditorium – Funchal
9pm – 11pm – X European Folklore Week with the participation of Portuguese and Russian folk dancing groups – Project by the Boa Nova Ethnographic and Folk Group

September, 01st to 08th
6pm – 11pm – Bago de Uva (Grape Seed) – a project by the Geringonça Entertainment Association – “living pictures” and display of regional products – Municipal Garden

September, 05th to 08th
Central squares of Avenida Arriaga (from the Cathedral to São Francisco Street) and Largo da Restauração
Ethnographic exhibitions, “living pictures”, regional gastronomy and diverse entertainments:
- “On the Madeira Wine Route” – Project by José Manuel Freitas
- “Art and Grapes” – Project by Isabel Borges
- “The Colours and the Sound of Wine” – Project by João Egídio Rodrigues
- “Madeira Wine and Gastronomy” – Project by the Madeira Professional School of Hotel and Tourism (EPHTM)
- “Music Shows” – Project by Madeira Light Orchestra
Presence of Madeira liqueur and table wine producers with exhibition and tasting of wine and other regional product, organised by the Madeira Institute of Wine, Embroidery and Handicrafts (IVBAM) – Central squares of
Avenida Arriaga, in front of the Regional Secretariat for Culture, Tourism and Transports (4pm – midnight)

September, 05th – Thursday
4:30pm – 9:30pm – Performances in downtown by the Camacha Cultural and Recreational Association
5pm – 6pm – Project “Vinho Madeira e Gastronomia” (Madeira Wine and Gastronomy) – Show cooking with tasting sessions by the EPHTM -Largo da Restauração (Restoration Square)
8:30pm – 11:30pm – Performances by the group Xarabanda and Cantares da Madeira -Largo da Restauração

September, 06th – Friday
4:30 pm – 9:30 pm – Performances in downtown by the Camacha Cultural and Recreational Association
5pm – 6pm – Project “Vinho Madeira e Gastronomia” (Madeira Wine and Gastronomy) – Show cooking with tasting sessions by the EPHTM – Largo da Restauração
8pm – São Vicente Municipality Winegrowers’ Dinner
9:30pm – 12pm – Performances by traditional Madeira music groups and the Madeira Light Orchestra – Largoda Restauração

September, 07th – Saturday
10am – Live Harvesting in Estreito de Câmara de Lobos
Grape picking at Quinta da Pinheira followed by an ethnographic float parade with the following itinerary:
Rua António Vitorino Castro Jorge, Rua Capitão Armando Pinto Correia, Rua do Damasqueiro, Rua Cónego
Agostinho Figueira Faria, Rua da Igreja and Rua João Augusto de Ornelas, where the grape treading will
take place with music entertainment and regional gastronomy – Project by the Estreito de Câmara de Lobos
Recreational and Cultural Association (ACRE)
11:30am – 4:30pm – Performances in downtown by the Gaula People’s House Folk Group
4:30pm – 9:30pm – Performances in the downtown by the MonteVerde Folk Group
5pm – 6pm – Project “Vinho Madeira e Gastronomia” (Madeira Wine and Gastronomy) – Show cooking with
tasting sessions by the EPHTM – Largo da Restauração
9:30pm – 12am – Performances by traditional Madeira music groups and the Madeira Light Orchestra – Largo da Restauração

September, 08th – Sunday
3pm – 8pm – Performances in downtown by the Santa Cruz People’s House Folk Group
4pm – 5pm -Project “Vinho Madeira e Gastronomia” (Madeira Wine and Gastronomy) – Show cooking with
tasting sessions by the EPHTM – Largo da Restauração
5pm –8pm – Madeira Wine Cocktails Festival organised by the Madeira Barmen Association Central
Squares of Avenida Arriaga, next to the Cathedral
9:30pm – Midnight – Performances by traditional Madeira music groups and the Madeira Light Orchestra – Largo da Restauração

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Palheiro Estate


Villas Palheiro Estate

A select number of villa plots are also available for development near the Golf Clubhouse; Palheiro Real Estate offers a full turn-key service to assist you in creating your dream villa.

Palheiro Village – Property Rentals

A range of fully furnished villas and apartments are also available for holiday rentals. Guests can enjoy the facilities of the Estate from the privacy of their own rental property.

Palheiro Village – Freehold property sales

Palheiro Village is an award-winning development of luxury freehold apartments and detached villas in a private condominium, with a central Forum building which includes a heated 18 m swimming pool, pool bar, and viewing deck, and reception room for residents and guests. A full range of property management services are available on site from Palheiro Property Management. Palheiro Village offers property purchasers a superb location; the properties are beautifully integrated into a south-facing hillside with spectacular views over Funchal Bay. Residents enjoy privileged access to the facilities of the Estate, including Palheiro Golf, the Casa Velha hotel and the Palheiro Spa.

Palheiro Golf course

Set within the magnificent Palheiro Estate the 18-hole, par 72 Championship golf course, designed by renowned golf architect Cabell B. Robinson, meanders through a pristine environment of maritime pine and botanical woodland embroidered with lush, sub-tropical vegetation. At nearly 500 m above sea level, the location is blessed with dramatic views of Madeira’s mountainous skyline, the vast Atlantic Ocean, and the Bay of Funchal below.
This picturesque layout with year-round appeal takes full advantage of Madeira’s hilly terrain, with abrupt ridges and deep valleys providing a compelling challenge for even the most seasoned golfer. Play calls for a fair degree of accuracy – the contoured fairways and strategically placed bunkers guarding fast, undulating greens mean there’s little room for error.

Casa Velha do Palheiro hotel and restaurant

The first Count of Carvalhal created a hunting lodge in the heart of Palheiro Estate over 200 years ago. This has now been converted into a 5-star country house hotel which is a member of Relais & Châteaux. It has just 37 beautifully-decorated rooms as well as a restaurant which is a reference for Madeiran epicure. Guests can enjoy the superb facilities of the new Palheiro Spa and privileged access to Palheiro golf course and gardens.

Palheiro Golf Restaurant , Tea-house

The stylish Palheiro Golf Clubhouse, with its panoramic terrace commanding uninterrupted views of Funchal harbour and the Atlantic Ocean, features a superb restaurant managed by the Casa Velha do Palheiro hotel.
The Tea House, located in the heart of Palheiro gardens, adjoining both Palheiro Golf and the hotel gardens, offers wonderful home-made cakes, pastries and ice-creams for visitors to the gardens as well as light snacks and refreshments for the energy-burning golfers.

Palheiro Spa

The Palheiro Spa offers a range of luxurious treatments within a peaceful garden environment. In this unique oasis setting, experienced therapists can massage away the stresses of everyday life with selected aromatic essences. The Spa has a heated indoor swimming pool, sauna and steam room as well as a state-of-the-art fitness centre.

Palheiro Gardens

These gardens were started by the first Count of Carvalhal two centuries ago, and have been continually nurtured and improved by the Blandy family. The gardens are famous for Camellias and the beauty of their setting among ancient trees as well as the rich collection of plants from all over the world. Some 45,000 visitors a year enjoy the delights of Palheiro Gardens.


The sport fishing boat M.Y. Balancal, moored in Funchal marina, is available exclusively for residents and guests of Palheiro Estate. This is an ideal way to see Madeira Island, to watch whales and dolphins or to enjoy big game fishing.

Madeira Island – Portugal

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Festival de Arte Camachense
9 a 13 de agosto

A típica freguesia da Camacha acolhe a 25.ª edição do Festival de Arte Camachense, designado por “Art Camacha 2013”, um festival inteiramente dedicado às tradições locais.

Organizado pela Casa do Povo da Camacha, esta edição propõe uma grande variedade de atividades culturais, artesanais e musicais, contando com a participação de diversas grupos folclóricos regionais, nacionais e internacionais.
Quanto às atividades artesanais, além das exposições temáticas de vimes e de bordados no edifício da Casa do Povo da Camacha, será organizada uma Feira de Artesanato e um Atelier de Bordado Madeira.
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Kunstfestival ‘Festival de Arte Camachense
Von 9. bis 13. August

Im August findet in der ursprünglichen Gemeinde Camacha ein Kunstfestival „Art Camacha 2013? statt, das ausschließlich den lokalen Traditionen gewidmet ist.
Die vom Gemeindehaus Camacha organisierte 25. Ausgabe des Festivals bietet ein umfangreiches Programmangebot aus Kultur, Kunsthandwerk und Musik.

Teil der diesjährigen Veranstaltung ist außerdem eine internationale Folkloreschau, an der verschiedene Gruppen aus dem In- und Ausland und der Region teilnehmen.
Das Kunsthandwerk präsentiert sich auf einer eigenen Messe sowie über ein Atelier mit typischen Stickereien der Madeira-Inseln.

Camachense Art Festival
9th to 13th August

In August, the picturesque village of Camacha hosts another Art Festival, entitled “Art Camacha 2013”, a festival wholly devoted to local traditions.
Organised by Camacha Community Centre, the 25th edition of the Festival features a wide variety of cultural, craft and musical activities.

The festival will integrate an international folk dancing gala session that will join local, national and international folk dancing groups.
For those interested in handicrafts, there will also be a Crafts Fair and a Madeiran Embroidery Workshop.

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Gastronomic Weekend at Casa Velha do Palheiro


Gastronomic Weekend at Casa Velha do Palheiro25 and 26 October 2013

Casa Velha do Palheiro will be hosting its Gastronomic weekend on the 25th and 26th of October.
The guest chef this year will be Vítor Matos who is the Executive chef at the Casa da Calçada situated in the Douro Valley.

Vítor Matos trained in Switzerland before returning to his homeland in 1995.  He has since worked in many of Portugal’s top restaurants before becoming executive chef in one of Portugal’s most iconic restaurants – the Relais and Chateaux ‘Casa da Calçada’ which has held a Michelin star since 2010.
Chef Vítor describes his style of cuisine as “a set of influences and memories, with special attention given to the quality of the products (he always tries to incorporate regional products), the sensory experience based on the five senses, and finally the techniques and technology to create evolutionary, cultural and modern cuisine.”
Joining him will be the head chefs at Casa Velha do Palheiro – Madeira born Chef Francisco Quintal and French Chef Eric Weidmann – who will be using their vast experience of Casa Velha haute cuisine whilst showcasing all the gastronomic delights the region has to offer. Especially chosen Portuguese and Madeira wines from the Blandy Wine vaults will complement this Autumnal menu.
Visitors to Madeira and Casa Velha do Palheiro are invited to make reservations for dinner at their earliest convenience to avoid disappointment.

Price will be €75 euros per person including all wines.

If you’d like more information about this topic, please contact:
Cátia Afonso – Casa Velha do Palheiro
T. +351 291 790 350   |   F. +351 291 794 925   |


Gastronomic Weekend Package at Casa Velha do Palheiro

3 nights accommodation including breakfast
Return airport transfers
Welcome gift upon arrival
Upgrade to a Golf Wing room (subject to availability upon arrival)
Gastronomic dinner at Casa Velha dining room
Free access to Palheiro Gardens
Free access to Palheiro Spa wet areas

From 25th to 29th October 2013  -   € 395,00 per person in double room

For bookings and further information please contact:
Casa Velha do Palheiro
T. +351 291 790 350   |   F. +351 291 794 925   |

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Madeira Wine Open 2013 Regulation


1. Participação: Aberto (quem não é sócio tem que apresentar o certificado de handicap).
2. Data: 2013-09-08 (Domingo).
3. Modalidade de jogo: Four-Ball-Better-Ball 18 buracos. Competição Não Válida para handicap.
4. Equipas de 2 elementos
5. Limite de Handicap: Homens: 28; Senhoras: 36.
6. Máximo de jogadores: 100 (conta a ordem das inscrições).
7. Saídas: Shotgun às 10h15.
8. Tees de saída: Homens – Brancas / Senhoras – Azuis.
9. Inscrições: Podem ser efectuadas no Clube, através do telefone nºs 291790120/291790126, ou
através do E-mail: Inscrições encerram às 18h00 do dia
10. Green-fee para não-sócios: € 40
11. Regras: As regras a aplicar são as aprovadas pelo Royal & Ancient Golf Club of Stº Andrews, e as
regras locais do Palheiro Golfe.
12. Empates: Em caso de empate o desempate será feito sucessivamente pelos melhores 9,6,3, e
último buraco, se o empate continuar, será declarado vencedor, o jogador com o handicap mais
13. Prémios: 1º, 2º e 3º lugar equipas + melhor equipa não-sócios ; drive mais longo e bola mais
perto ao buraco para senhores, senhoras e jovens. Entrega de prémios após o almoço (hora
estimada 17h00) Se alguma equipa com prémio a receber não estiver presente na entrega de
prémios, o prémio vai para a equipa seguinte e assim sucessivamente.
14. Anulação e /ou Alteração do Regulamento: Em qualquer altura antes do torneio começar, a
comissão Técnica reserva o direito de completar ou alterar o presente regulamento.
15. Comissão Técnica do Torneio: Humberto Jardim; Maria Stangl ; Patrícia Rodrigues; Edgar
16.Comissão de Handicaps: Pedro Ferreira; Fernanda Cuckney; Roger Smith.

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Madeira Wine Open 2013

1. Participation: Open (non members have to bring a valid handicap certificate).
2. Date: 2013-09-08 (Sunday).
3. Format: Four-Ball-Better-Ball (Stableford), 18 holes. Non Qualifying Competition.
4. Teams of 2.
5. Handicap Limit: Men: 28; Ladies: 36.
6. Maximum of participants: 100 (according to their entry date)
7. Tee time: Shotgun at 10.15.
8. Tees: Men – White / Ladies – Blue.
9. Entries: in the Clubhouse, or by phone 291790126 / 291790120, or by E-mail: Entry list closes on the 5th September, 2013.
11. Green-fee for non-members: € 40.
12. Rules: the rules are those approved by Royal & Ancient Golf Club of Stº Andrews, plus Palheiro
Golf local rules.
13. Ties: In the event of a tie a count back will be made, best last 9, 6, 3, and last hole, if a tie
continues the lower HCP is the Winner.
14. Prizes: 1st, 2nd & 3rd Team plus “best guest”-team, nearest to the pin and longest drive for men,
ladies and juniors. Prize giving during the lunch (estimated time 17:00). Any team/player winning a
prize has to be present at the prize giving; otherwise the prize goes to the next team/player on the
15. The committee in charge of the competition reserves the right to change or alter these
regulations at any time before a tournament.
16. Tournament Committee: Humberto Jardim, Maria Stangl; Patricia Rodrigues; Edgar Rodrigues.
17. Handicap Committee: Pedro Ferreira; Fernanda Cuckney; Roger Smith.

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Summer Water Jump – Paul do Mar /August 17th

Summer Water Jump – Paul do Mar
August 17th

The small town of Paul do Mar, in the western municipality of Calheta, will be the stage for this initiative organised by MADproductions in partnership with Freeride Madeira.

This acrobatic water jumping competition is a real test for the athletic capacities of each contestant in the four categories: “Summer Water Jump King”, “Best Trick”, “Big Air Jump” e “Best Crash”.
Sign up now and take part in this adventure!

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20 thousand strokes – English and Portuguese


For Immediate release – 20thousand Strokes

Na passada 2ªfeira, 1 de Julho de 2013, dois corajosos canoístas alemães, na companhia do M.Y. Balancal participaram de uma aventura ousada: a travessia a remo num Kayak (caiaque) desde o Porto Santo até à Madeira.

Os protagonistas Veit Quack e Eran Davidson queriam provar que qualquer pessoa é capaz de fazer e atingir algo de extraordinário. “Não é preciso ser um campeão mundial ou um génio. Basta seguir os seus sonhos e trabalhar com determinação.”
Com esta aventura os canoístas quiseram também promover a consciencialização para a subida do nível da água do mar.
A aventura teve início da manhã do dia 01 de Julho no Porto Santo, mas infelizmente, e por razões atmosféricas adversas a travessia teve de ser  interrompida. O M.Y. Balancal acabou por trazer os dois canoístas em segurança até ao porto do Funchal.

20thousand Strokes

On Monday the 1st of July 2013, 2 courageous Germans used the Funchal based Motor Yacht. Balancal to accompany a daring adventure: rowing from Porto Santo to Madeira in a special designed Sea-Kayak.
Veit Quack and Eran Davidson wanted to prove one thing first and foremost: Anyone is capable of making a difference, of achieving something extra ordinary! You don’t have to be a world-champion or high-flyer. It suffices to follow your dreams and determinedly work towards them.
With this adventure the hobby kayakers also want to raise awareness about the consequences of rising sea levels.
The adventure started early in the morning on the 1st of July on Porto Santo but unfortunately due to weather reason the crossing had to be stopped. The waves were too high for the Kayak. The M.Y. Balancal brought them back safely to the Funchal harbour.

For further information please contact – Jonathan Fletcher

Jonathan Fletcher

Balancal Game Fishing
Rua da Estalagem, 23
9060-415 Funchal, Madeira, Portugal
T. +351 291 790 350
F. +351 291 794 985


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Madeira Wine Festival


Madeira Wine Festival
From September 1st to 8th

Part of the annual tourist entertainment calendar, the Madeira Wine Festival is celebrated every year by the time of the grape harvest in tribute to century-old precepts of the vine arts that hark back to the time when the island was first inhabited.
This festivity is intensely experienced in the parish of Estreito de Câmara de Lobos, a place where locals and visitors take part actively in this ethnographic ritual full of lively entertainment (grape harvesting parties, floats with grape pickers, the re-enactments of regional customs and ways, etc.).

On the other hand, various allegorical events are held in downtown Funchal in a party atmosphere where music and regional gastronomy are also part of the show.
Come and discover a little bit of this archipelago’s history and treat yourself to this nectar of the gods!

For further information visit the website

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