Madeira Wine Institute
The Madeira Wine Institute or Instituto do Vinho da Madeira is the regulatory body for the making of Madeira wine. Its name changed to IVBAM - Instituto do Vinho, do Bordado e do Artesanato da Madeira offically, but most people still call it the IVM.
Address: Rua 5 de Outobro 78, P-9000 Funchal, or PO Box: 9000-079 Funchal, Tel 00351-291-204600, Fax 00351-291-228685. Open Mon – Fri: 9.30am – 12.30pm and 2pm – 5pm.
Alternative address: Rua Visconde de Anadia, 44, PO Box: 9050-020 Funchal, Tel 00351-291-223141, Fax 00351-291-224791.
Website at http://www.sra.pt/ivm/default.asp
View of the IVM building from the backyard.
The Instituto does not offer any blends or vintage wines but makes some wine in its own laboratories that is given away for special events or charities. The museum is very interesting, lots of old photographs, lots of information to soak up for the Madeira wine enthusiast.
Founded in 1980, the IVM awards the paper seal on each bottle of island bottled wine. The IVM relieved the Junta Nacional do Vinho. The JNV wax seal of authenticity is described in the chapter about old bottles. The IVM paper seal bears the complete coat of arms of the island or just the cross in the older seals. The seals are issued to the producers in batches, but it is entirely up to the producer when to use the batches. Besides a number in the range from 000 001 to 999 999 for each batch, the seals also bear a unique letter code indicating the volume of the bottle. This letter code provides some traceability as to when the batch had been issued. Letter codes with a single letter indicate a bottle volume of more than 600ml, letter codes with two letters indicate a bottle volume of less than 600ml.
Different IVM paper seals.
Entrance to the museum of the IVM.
Wine press in the IVM museum.