Henriques & Henriques
It might be said that the history of Henriques & Henriques is the history of Madeira itself. Legend has it that Infante Dom Henriques planted the island’s first vines in 1425. João Joaquim Gonçalves Henriques founded the original firm in 1850 as a partidista, supplying wine to other merchants from extensive Henriques vineyard holdings while continuing to amass significant stocks of old wines in the family cellars. In 1925, Henriques & Henriques began to bottle and export Madeira produced entirely from their own vineyards—an anomaly amongst producers on the island. Today, Henriques & Henriques is led by CEO and winemaker Humberto Jardim, one of Madeira’s great visionaries and ambassadors. Against the tides of urban development, H&H has been at the forefront of vineyard planting and preservation of Madeira’s noble varietals: Sercial, Verdelho, Boal, Malvasia and Terrantes, while simultaneously playing a key role in the reappraisal of the underrated Tina Negra, recently releasing an unprecedented 50-year expression.