Blandy’s have risen to the challenge at the 2013 International Wine Challenge (IWC), the International Wine and Spirit Competition and the Decanter World Wine awards, winning a total of 18 medals (4 Gold, 12 Silver and 2 Bronze) for their world-class Madeira.
Blandy’s 10 year olds were awarded IWC Gold Medals, including 10 Year Old Malmsey and 10 Year Old Verdelho. 10 Year Old Bual and 10 Year Old Sercial were both awarded DWWA and IWSC Silver medals, with Bual being classed as ‘Outstanding’.
20 year old Terrantez, was also awarded an IWSC Gold Outstanding medal and DWWA Silver. The wine was bottled to celebrate the bi-centenary of Blandys and has limited production. Today the source of Terrantez comes mainly from the Quinta de Santa Luzia, the property originally acquired by John Blandy when he first established the company in 1811.
Silver medals were awarded to Duke of Clarence in the DWWA and also by the IWC. Duke of Clarence is the most well-known Madeira in the UK. A three year old blend created as homage to the Duke of Clarence who was condemned to death and chose to drown in a barrel of Madeira.
The awards are a source of great pride to the Blandy’s family and company, whilst providing a massive incentive to the work done in the last decade, and are a significant accolade to encourage the promotion of Madeira Wines in general, demonstrating once more that the wines from the Island of Madeira are amongst some of the greatest in the world.
For over 200 years, Blandy's Madeira has always been synonymous with quality Madeira wines. Founded by John Blandy in 1811, Blandy's Madeira has always been a family run business currently present in over 60 countries. The Blandy family is last of original families connected to the Madeira wine trade who still own and manage the family business which they started, making them unique in the context of the Madeira wine trade. The Blandys have continuously contributed in the development and promotion of Madeira Wine sales, having made an unquestionable contribution to the socio-economic progress and cultural development of the island of Madeira, where they continue to live since 1811.
Madeira Wine represents a turnover of 15M Euros, with approximately 300,000 9-liter cases (12 bottles). The largest export markets are France, Germany, the United Kingdom and the United States, and in the domestic market with sales made on the island itself.