Cane Production

The introduction of sugar cane in Madeira coincided with the beginning of the colonisation of the island, around 1425. Its cultivation was a huge success, and the crops expanded immensely, contributing to the fact that, around 30 years later, the island was already Europe’s largest producer of sugar.  

The selection of the sugar cane varieties used in the production of Madeira Rum takes into account various factors, including characteristics related to maturation, sugar content, soil type, resistance to diseases, winds, etc…

Find out all about the characteristics, the cultivation, the harvest and the distribution of the sugar cane plantations on the Island of Madeira: