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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
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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 reserva engine island
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Reviewed 5 days ago

This place was included as part of our tour of Northeastern Madeira. The driver suggested that we sample the poncha on our brief stop here. Since I do not like hard drinks, I just went on a self-guided walkabout of the factory. There was no...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank KathleenR_28
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

Date of experience: September 2018
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

Date of experience: October 2018
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

Date of experience: July 2018
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.

Date of experience: June 2018
Thank ChrisT301
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

Date of experience: May 2018
Thank PaulH490
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😁

Date of experience: May 2018
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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

Date of experience: May 2018
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

Date of experience: April 2018
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

Date of experience: April 2018
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