The Madeira Wine Festival in 2019 is one of the island’s main tourist attractions that pays tribute to this precious nectar and its undeniable socioeconomic significance, an event held between August 25th to September 8th.
Taking place during the grape harvest in late August, early September, this event aims to showcase the old traditions of Madeira, which were developed over centuries of labour in viticulture.
The Madeira Wine Festival has been part of our culture since it’s the first edition in 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 Madeira Wine Festival in 2019:
European Folklore Week – August 25, to 28th
An event organised by the Boa Nova Ethnography and Folk Group, the European Folklore Week is a folklore festival that aims to promote folklore groups from all around Europe, gathering and promoting ethnographic realities and showcasing different styles of Folklore
Live Wine Harvest – September,7th
This event takes place in Estreito de Câmara de Lobos. The harvest takes place on a Madeiran farm, followed by a parade with the participation of a large number of folklore and ethnography groups. After the parade the treading of the grapes is re-enacted – participation is free – using a traditional press in a festive atmosphere with a lot of entertainment and local cuisine.
The city centre of Funchal, especially the central walkway of Avenida Arriaga, will be filled with various adornments comprising several viticulture tools (presses, casks, barrels, grape picking baskets, traditional means of transportation), living portraits and actors who re-enact the winemaking process in Madeira (grape pressing, re-enactment of the regional craftsmen traditional customs), food, Madeira wine tastings and exhibitions and regional handicrafts apart from local folklore groups performances.