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The Blandy Family

The Blandy family is unique in being the only family of all the original founders of the Madeira wine trade to still own and manage their own original wine company. Throughout its long history on the island, the family has played a leading role in the development of Madeira wine throughout its long history. Members of the family continues to live on Madeira, maintaining a tradition that goes back to 1811; 2 centuries of fine wine production.

Our History

Two Centuries of fine Wine Production

Arrival to Madeira Island

1808

Arrival of John Blandy founder of Blandy´s Madeira to Madeira Island.

The beginning of Blandy´s Madeira

1811

John founded his own business as a wine shipper and general trader with his brothers Thomas and George and started the production of Madeira wine. They also began importing various products from other origins

Blandy´s Wine Lodges

1840

John Blandy´s son Charles Blandy bought “The Blandy Wine Lodges” in Funchal also known as Adegas de São Francisco.

Oidium Plague

1852

Occurred the disastrous oidium plague and it was Charles who had the foresight to buy up a great proportion of the stocks of old wine on the island, thus safeguarding the company.

Madeira Wine Association (nowadays known as Madeira Wine Company)

1925

Blandy's joined the Madeira Wine Association to maximise global exposure and minimise overheads.

Partnership with Symington

1989

The beginning of a partnership with the Symington of Oporto (Port producers since the 19th century). This partnership continues today.

Blandy's Malmsey 1994 Harvest

2000

Introduction of a high quality but affordable Madeira Wine of a single year known as ``Colheita`` - ``Blandy's Malmsey 1994 Harvest``. This created an important new category of premium Madeira.

Nowadays

Nowadays Chris Blandy manages the company and it continues to lead the way in the re-establishment of Madeira as one of the world's great wines.

Winemaking & Ageing

What is Madeira Wine?

Madeira is a fortified wine produced and bottled in Madeira – a Portuguese island off the coast of Morocco – using specific grape varieties, aged by the unique heating system, making use of the same ancient ageing techniques that have passed from father to son, from one generation to another. This iconic fortified wine is virtually indestructible. Madeira wine is typically a mono-varietal wine, with each white varietal representing one of the four styles of Madeira. Dry, medium-dry, medium-rich and rich. Historically, Madeira Wines were divided in two categories: the ones that bear a generic age – also known as Blends – and those who were produced from one single grape variety, and from one single harvest, which can be Colheita or Vintage.

Blandys - vinho
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+ 100 Wines
Blandys - paises
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Blandys - premios
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+ 200 Awards

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Our Great Team

The passion that drives the business

Chris Blandy
CEO

Chris took over as CEO of the Madeira Wine Company in 2011 and plays an active role in the commercial and PR aspects of the company, focusing particularly on the company’s main brand, Blandy’s Madeira.

The company continues to lead the way in the re-establishment of Madeira as one of the world’s great wines.

Francisco Albuquerque
Enologist & Wine Director

Francisco Albuquerque has consecutively won the prestigious International Wine and Spirit Competition award “Wine Maker of the Year for Fortified Wines” in 2006, 2007 and 2008, and also the “Len Evans Trophy” in 2007. In 2012 – elected Winemaker of the Year 2011 for Fortified wines in Portugal and in 2014 – Elected Winemaker of the Year 2013 in Portugal.