Support your locals
During their holidays, when in a hotel or restaurant, tourists can be surprised by the island’s own still wine, which at times can bowl them over with their excellent taste. Winemaker Tito Brazão of Quinta do Barbusano in São Vicente has built a reputation with ‘Barbusano’, still Madeiran wines, including a blend of Touriga Nacional and Aragonez (Tempranillo), power grapes from the Douro, famous for being used also for Port. Many new kids on the block produce still Madeira wines, mostly in small quantities, presented in bottles with fun, exciting, creative labels. Traditional Madeira producers create their own still wines and the results are very inviting, with surprisingly good quality. When drinking a local wine you support the local economy. Besides that, it is an entirely different experience to pouring another glass from the umpteenth Chardonnay or Sauvignon Blanc, coming from the large pool of wines everywhere in the world.