During a Zoom tasting of four Madeiras with Chris Blandy of Blandy’s Madeira Lodge in Funchal he said
- France takes the majority of Madeira exports - they use it in cooking (!)
- Madeira should not be stored on its side as its high acidity will destroy the cork
- Vineyards are small and mostly family owned and farmed, and the farmers children don’t want to take over. Chris is worried about the future supply of grapes
- For such a well known wine, there’s not many hectares of vineyards and thus not much Madeira is produced.