Its namesake wine, the cuisine and\u00a0breathtaking mountain-and-sea\u00a0views make this small Portuguese island\u00a0a must-visit. We\u00a0take\u00a0you\u00a0on a tasty tour of this secret European gem.\r\n\r\n\r\n\u00a0\r\nWhere To Taste\r\nWhile Madeira is short on both producers and formal tasting rooms, most\u00a0caf\u00e9s\u00a0and restaurants carry their island\u2019s famous wine. Still, there are three wineries worth visiting:\u00a0Blandy\u2019s Wine Lodge, D\u2019Oliveira and\u00a0Henriques\u00a0&\u00a0Henriques, all of which are in or close to the island\u2019s capital,\u00a0Funchal.\r\n\r\n\u00a0\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nWhere To Dine\r\nAt\u00a0Quinta do\u00a0Fur\u00e3o, the grilled steak skewered on laurel wood is just as life-changing as the hotel\u2019s Atlantic Ocean views. Sample local limpets and freshly caught black\u00a0scabbardfish\u00a0at\u00a0Restaurante\u00a0Vila do\u00a0Peixe\u00a0in the fishing village of\u00a0C\u00e2mara\u00a0de Lobos. Soak in the sun and feast on delicious grilled tuna at Atlantic\u00a0Restaurante. Housed in an historic salt warehouse in\u00a0Funchal,\u00a0Restaurante\u00a0Armaz\u00e9m\u00a0do Sal\u00a0serves up\u00a0Madeiran\u00a0cooking with an Asian twist.\r\n\r\n\u00a0\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nDon\u2019t Miss:\r\nThe Drive\r\nThe mountainous island\u00a0is laced with breathtaking vistas at nearly every hairpin turn. Rent a car and cruise.\r\nThe Fruit Stands\r\nRoadside kiosks dot the\u00a0landscape.\u00a0See one that\u2019s a little busy, pull over and go directly for the sun-ripened passion fruit.\r\nThe Market\r\nFunchal\u2019s central market,\u00a0Mercado\u00a0dos\u00a0Lavradores, is a must-visit smorgasbord of colors and flavors where locals will turn you onto the local fare and traditions.\r\nThe Vertigo\r\nAt the\u00a0Miradouro\u00a0Cabo\u00a0Gir\u00e3o, atop one of Europe\u2019s tallest sea cliffs, look down through the glass viewing platform.\r\nThe Coffee\r\nThe strong, earthy black coffee is called chino, with milk it becomes a\u00a0chinesa. Drink it alongside a\u00a0past\u00e9is\u00a0de\u00a0nata,\u00a0a tiny custard tart.\r\nThe Cake\r\nCalled bolo de mel, it\u2019s made from molasses, butter, dried fruit, spices and flour. Dark, rich and aromatic, it\u2019s best with a glass of\u00a0Bual.\r\nThe Hooch\r\nSimilar to\u00a0aguardiente, the stiff, sugar-based\u00a0poncha\u00a0is served in a miniature Cognac glass.\r\n\r\n\u00a0\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nThe 6 Madeira Grapes\r\nSercial\r\nPlanted in the highest vineyards, these grapes create a wine with ultra-sharp acidity and intense citrus flavors, made in an almost dry style. A great ap\u00e9ritif with almonds and olives.\r\nVerdelho\r\nA late-ripening white variety, usually made off-dry, with smoky notes. Try with serrano ham, goose liver or game.\r\nBual (or Boal)\r\nBual wines spend some time macerating on their skins and are fortified during fermentation to make a sweet style that bursts with dried fig and spice flavors. Perfect alongside hard cheeses and milk chocolate.\r\nMalmsey\r\nGrown at low altitudes, it\u2019s the sweetest and richest style, with roasted nuts and dried date notes. Best with dark chocolate, fruit cakes or blue cheese.\r\nTerrantez\r\n\u200bThe rarest and most delicate grape, it\u2019s made into medium-sweet wines.\r\nTinta Negra\r\nThe most widely planted grape on the island, it\u2019s used to make simple cooking wine.