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This story originally appeared in the Napa Valley Register. Fifty-six kilometers (35 miles) long, Madeira is an island outside the mainland of Portugal. With a spring climate year-round and magnificent views of soaring mountains and the ocean everywhere you look, Madeira is a popular destination for the cruise ships.
Daily, hundreds of tourists descend upon the island to explore the town of Funchal including visiting the colorful farmers’ market Mercado dos Lavradores and taking the gondola up to the top of a mountain and racing back down in a basket toboggan.
They also go to the Cabo Girao skywalk, a glass-floored viewing platform that stands 1,900 feet above the Atlantic Ocean. There are gardens, hiking trails and pools and, of course, wonderful restaurants serving freshly caught fish. And they shop for elegant embroidery, a specialty of Madeira.
But, one thing that many tourists do not think to do is drink Madeira, the wine named for the island.