As Madeira is a member of European Economic and Monetary Union, there are few restrictions on the import and export of goods. Observe the usual restrictions on the transport of certain goods, such as cigarettes or alcohol.
In addition, the import and export of plants and animals is strictly regulated, as the island's unique ecosystem is very vulnerable to the effects of external species.
Willow products are everywhere in the city of Funchal - one of the biggest shops in Rua do Castanheiro - and on the whole island, but the most important center for pasture products with the largest selection is in the village of Camacha.
Embroidery- Shops - often in conjunction with a factory - are everywhere in the city center of Funchal.
There are several Madeira wineries and specialty shops in Funchal and the surrounding area where wine tastings are offered and where your purchases are packaged professionally for safe home transport (e.g., Diogos Wine Shop, Madeira Wine Company, Oliveiras)
The flowers of Madeira, such as orchids, birds of paradise flowers, white-winged sitting, flamingo flowers, etc., are the most popular souvenirs that, once arrived at home, make the feeling that the holiday would last a little longer. These flowers can be bought everywhere in Funchal - at the local market, at the flower stalls in the city center or in the flower shops. At all of these outlets your flowers are packed in special boxes for safe transport so you can enjoy them at home for as long as possible.
The worldwide unique Madeira wine.
The Madeira wine was created by sheer coincidence. In the 15th century, Portuguese sailors took port wine in wooden barrels on their long voyages. At the end of the journey, which often led through the tropics, they discovered that leftover wine became softer and milder. He gained in taste and so the transport of port wine was carried out from then on targeted. Today, the wine is no longer sent on the long sea voyage, but stored for three to five months at 45 ° C to 75 ° C.
Madeira wine can be very valuable: a bottle of Madeira wine became famous because it was bought at the Sotheby's auction house in New York on May 10, 1997 for around $ 22,000. It was a Madeira wine from 1800, once owned by Thomas Jefferson. The bottle was auctioned by Barrie Larvin, owner of the Hotel Casino Rio de Las Vegas.
Vintage Madeira is the premier class of Madeira wines. He carries a year on the bottle and contains only wine from this vintage. It must be made from one of the noble grape varieties (Sercial, Verdelho, Bual, Malvasia, Terrantez) and matured for at least 20 years in the barrel. Most vintage Madeira, however, store much longer in the barrel, sometimes more than a hundred years. Also, the traditional Canteiro process, in which the wines are heated by the sun, is prescribed. A glass of such a fine Madeira wine at the end of the day means enjoying Madeira.