Dermot Bolger

Dermot Bolger

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    The vast Torre Bella estate can trace its origin back to the first settlers who discovered Madeira. Some of the best vineyards on the island belonged to Torre Bella, mostly in Campanário, Camara de Lobos, Ribeira Brava, and Arco da Calheta.

    They had "Lagares" in São Roque (Funchal), Cª Lobos, Campanário, and Arco da Calheta, where they used to make wine. Over the centuries they supplied the shippers with fine wines, though hardly ever was any wine bottled under the Torre Bella name.

    Only small quantities were bottled and stored in the family house. Noel Cossart describes the Torre Bella wines as having a specific character: “The Wines, which are mostly from the Câmara de Lobos and Arco da Calheta vineyards, are full, rich, well-balanced wines with an attractive acid finish.”

    The estate was gradually inherited by Mr Dermot Bolger, and at the time of his death, the family estate comprised about 10.5% of the island. Dermot Bolger was also responsible for the revival of Malvasia Candida by replanting this variety in 1940, at which point only a few plants remained.
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