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An interesting place to visit. See the process of making rum from the sugar cane which is all done... read more

Reviewed 13 October 2018
Cheshire, United Kingdom
Nice place to visit

When we were here the sugarcane had already been harvested and processed, so the engines weren´t... read more

Reviewed 11 October 2018
The Netherlands
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“rum factory”(7 reviews)
“sugar cane”(13 reviews)
“steam powered”(3 reviews)
The Porto da Cruz 'Engenho' (mill) is a testimony to the importance sugarcane had and still has on an economic and cultural level in Madeira. A visit to our mill is like taking a journey through time, visitors can walk the original circuit that goes...more
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Rua do Cais no 6, Porto da Cruz, Madeira 9225-050, Portugal
+351 291 742 935
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Reviewed 2 February 2018

Shame that they were not operating at the time...looked very interesting in a quiet street..but the shop was open with very helpful staff the prices were very good...go in the summer months when it is operating...April till June

1  Thank carol w
Most Helpful Critical Review
Reviewed 11 August 2016 via mobile

Nice to see the place, taste the products. Some prices are too high, e. g. 0,2l rum bottle was cheaper in the airport (!) than here. Similar products in Continente supermarket are cheaper.

1  Thank dakra_tec
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All reviews rum factory sugar cane steam powered shop next door making rum self guided available for purchase worth a quick visit free entry machinery production equipment poncha rums engine reserva madeira
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Reviewed 13 October 2018

An interesting place to visit. See the process of making rum from the sugar cane which is all done by very old steam machinery which was made in Liverpool. Near to where we live which made it all the more interesting. There is a shop...More

Thank Tilly188113
Reviewed 11 October 2018 via mobile

When we were here the sugarcane had already been harvested and processed, so the engines weren´t working, but a video shows you the workings of the machines. Next to the mill is a shop with tasting area were you can buy the rum they produce...More

Thank moniquee2016
Reviewed 22 July 2018 via mobile

Walk around the factory (single room) self guided, only in operation around May to process the locally grown sugar cane. Tasting room next door, sample taste for free, glasses €2 including Poncha, older rums €6 upward. Worth stopping by, has a car park if you...More

Thank phil s
Reviewed 1 July 2018

We had a lovely walk around looking at all the machines, nothing was being used whilst we were there. The shop sells an array of all things rum as well as the poncho. Tasting available at 2 Euro per glass.

Thank Chris T
Reviewed 21 May 2018 via mobile

A chance to see a working rum distillery powered by steam in action from followed by tasting and the chance to purchase the local produce. It is only a small factory but it’s still worth a visit. The dark rum tastes excellent but the white...More

Thank Paul H
Reviewed 18 May 2018 via mobile

The only steam driven cane crushing rum making factory on the island. Well worth a visit especially when they are crushing. Health and safety got left behind here😁

1  Thank Alan W
Reviewed 13 May 2018 via mobile

Totally loved this place. Completely retro steam powered run refinery with an old sugar cane press and copper holding tanks. Free rum tasting and excellent fresh puncha available for purchase to drink on the patio. We loved the 980 blend and bought a bottle to...More

Thank Yo H
Reviewed 3 May 2018

This is a place you must visit. This is the place that produces the Run and Aguardent from sugar cane in Madeira. You can visit the "Engenho" (factory) and see these products being made. Besides the "Engenho" you will find the store where you can...More

Thank mendesl
Reviewed 10 April 2018

Perfect time to visit (march, april is the time sugarcane is harvested) we saw all the steam-machine in full action. It's very nice to see. And after seeing all this energetic machinery, you can have a taste

Thank stoffelzwvl
Reviewed 31 March 2018

Happenstance led us to enter this rum factory. It was so interesting to see the machinery and process involved from start to finish in the production of Madeira aguardiente. Not everyone's bag but for me - a rare opportunity to get close to a piece...More

Thank Ranate
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