1860 Madeira Wine Sercial Solera Funchal Wine Company
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Legend has it that Henry the Navigator was the main advocate of Madeira Wine and who encouraged the cultivation of the Malvasia Candida grape originating from Candia in Crete, which became a success. By the mid-15th century, Madeira wine was exported and its export routes included Europe, where it was seen as being very refined to the extent that it was even used as perfume on the handkerchiefs of the ladies in waiting at court. Such was the prestige of this delicious drink that there are frequent references to it throughout history in the arts and legends of some countries.