May 28, 2006


This guide would not have come into existence without the help of many people, trips to the island help from the producers and shippers and other sources and institutions (and some sips of Madeira wine too).

I wish to thank my wife Katrin and my four kids Hans, Georg, Wilhelm and Elisabeth for their huge patience with this ongoing project.

I am indebted to the Madeira wine producing companies on the island in general and especially to the following people (in no particular order): Ricardo de Freitas, Americo Pereira and Marianna Pinto of Vinhos Barbeito Lda.; Arturo and Edmundo Olim of Artur de Barros e Sousa Lda.; Dr. Helena Borges of H. M. Borges Sucrs. Lda.; Luís d’Oliveira of Pereira d’Oliveira Vinhos Lda.; John Cossart (†) and Humberto Jardim of Henriques & Henriques Vinhos; Sigfredo da Costa Campos (†) and his lovely wife Helena, Juan Teixeira and Julio Fernandes of Vinhos Justino Henriques Filhos Lda.; Della Maddison, Francisco Albuquerque, Ricardo Tavares, Jaques A. Faro da Silva, Felipe and Rita of the Madeira Wine Company S. A.; Paulo Rodrigues of the IVBAM and Matthias Meichsner of the AICEP.

An extra thank you goes to (in no particular order) Dr. Bob Sequeira (†) who gave me a copy of the book "A Madeira Party" by Silas Weir Mitchell, to Reidar Andersen for numerous pricelists, pictures, a lot of updating work with the vintage list and a never ending flow of extra information, to Maik Göbel for feedback, pictures and information, to Eleni Camperos for the friendly permission to use her scan of the California Madeira label, to Jo Ann Teague for her friendly permission to use her scan of an old Madeira wine bottle, to Bartholomew Broadbent and Michael Broadbent MW for substantial feedback, to Patrick Grubb MW for help with the 1795 vintages, to Alex Liddell for a wealth of information especially about the 1795 Terrantez vintages, to Jancis Robinson MW for feedback and access to her purple pages (see bibliography), to Prof. Alberto Vieira for help with mysterious seals and labels, to Jaanus Andresson, to Anders G. Åkesson, Sam Chafe, Craig McManus, Spencer Sokale, Dany, Micum MacIntyre, Jorge Morais, Michael Pronay, Richard Jennings, Danny Younis, Werner Braun for the beautiful scan of the wine landing, Bernt Danielsson from Världens Viner, Brian Gobran for pictures and new wines for the vintage list, Laura Maciera for pictures, Mike from Hawaii, Carlos, Klas Neimark, Pete Parsons, Rhett Baines, Philip Lawrence, Karen Lines, Roman Polaski, Roy Kavin, Frank Papenbrook for additional information, Andreas Platt for addings to the wine list and lots of information, George Gilham for lots of information about Madeira wine in general and especially for all his shared knowledge of wine labels, to Roy Hersh for his wonderful website about Port and Madeira and the fantastic 2007 Seattle Madeira tasting, to Mary-Katherine Meyer for revising and proofreading early versions of this publication and to Alison Butler for doing the same with the more recent versions. Last but not least a big thank you goes to my brother Hans Reutter who made the online version of this Madeira wine guide possible.