Madeira, the largest of the Enchanted Isles, was populated by three deputies of Henry the Navigator in 1420. Whether chosen by Falstaff to accompany his Capon's Leg, or toasting the American Declaration of Independence in 1776, no wine has entwined itself with the world's last 500 years of history like Madeira.
Exposure to extreme temperature and oxygen accounts for its stability; an opened bottle of Madeira will survive unharmed for a considerable time, up to a year. Properly sealed
in bottles, Madeira is one of the longest lasting wines; Madeiras have been known to survive over 150 years in excellent condition. It is not uncommon to see Madeiras pushing
the century mark for sale at stores that specialize in rare wine.
Raymond Reynolds Ltd supplies wines from the following producers in the Madeira region: