Madeira legend has it that a consignment of Madeira barrels, bound for a US merchant in Baltimore, came to be “diluted” as they stood on a rain-drenched Funchal quay. So impressed was the merchant with the result that a new style was born; ‘Rainwater’.


The Atlantic Rainwater is a unique, commemorative bottling, crafted by Ricardo Freitas at the Barbeito Madeira lodges. It is a blend of Verdelho, Tinta Negra and Sercial, but not a drop of rain water! All wines were aged in barrel in the traditional Canteiro method. The style of this wine emulates the original, being vibrant, lighter in flavour, with a savoury edge. Like the legend, this wine was all shipped to the UK on the unique wooden sailing lugger Grayhound in July 2019.

Barbeito - The Atlantic Rainwater (50cl) Madeira

  • Name The Atlantic Rainwater 50cl
    Producer Barbeito
    Style Fortified Madeira (Medium Dry)
    Country Portugal
    Region DOC Madeira
    Vintage NV
    Grape Verdelho, Tinta Negra, Sercial
    ABV % 18.5
    Production Not certfied. Vegan. Unfined. Unfiltered. Fortified.
    Tasting notes Dried Citrus + Clean + Fresh
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