The Madeira Wine industry over hundreds of years has always played an important role on the island and we are very fortunate to be part of that history. As a family business with over more than 210 years of experience, we are always looking at ways to ensure that the business is passed on the next generation in the best state possible. In recent times, we have had to become much more aware of the rapid changes required to defend the sustainability of the business and to safeguard the social, environmental and economic impact that this industry has on the island. We have a commitment to work with all of our stakeholders to protect the future of this unique wine.
B Corp Certified
The journey started in March 2020 and as from December 2022, our company is B Corp certified. Certified B Corporations, or B Corps, are companies verified by B Lab to meet high standards of social and environmental performance, transparency, and accountability. It’s allowed us to measure everything and make the necessary changes to align with our view on the future.
Being a generational family business and part of the B Corp movement allows us to work towards leaving the company, its stakeholders and the planet in a better place for the next generation.
Quality Control Certificates
ISO 9001:2015 Quality Management System
Obliges the company to demonstrate its ability to consistently provide products and services that meet customer and applicable statutory and regulatory requirements, and aims to enhance customer satisfaction through the effective application of the system, including processes for improvement of the system and the assurance of conformity to customer and applicable statutory and regulatory requirements.
BRC 8 (British Retail Consortium) certification - Classification AA+
The BRCGS Global Food Safety Standard has set the benchmark for nearly 25 years. Adopted by over 22,000 sites in more than 130 countries, the standard is accepted by 70% of the top 10 global retailers, 60% of the top 10 quick-service restaurants, and 50% of the top 25 manufacturers.
Developed with input from industry, it provides a framework to manage product safety, integrity, legality and quality, and the operational controls for these criteria in the food and food ingredient manufacturing, processing and packing industry.
People & Community
We have created specific HR programs for our staff at the company, that include programs on health and wellness and health risk assessment, life skills training for staff and their families, sponsored programs for continued educational credentials and external professional development opportunities. We also provide financial support to those members of staff whose children attend University. Members of the company also work on individual social projects in the less favoured communities around the island.
Through the Blandy Group, we have also developed the Blandy Academic Scholarships that are accessible to those students at the University of Madeira (UMa) who have financial difficulties and high academic performance.
Every year the group donates to a list of charitable associations, that can be found https://www.blandy.com/en/
ASAS – Ajuda Solidária Ambiental e Social
Through our social and environmental program ASAS, the Company has a 3-year plan to develop our presence on our island through environmental and social programs.
The company directly manages a total of 7 hectares across the island. In 2023 we were awarded 'Integrated Production' certification (AgriCert) at our Quinta vineyards.
We are focused on regenerative agriculture through no-till practices and the use of cover crops. At Quinta de São Jorge in the north our flock of sheep graze between the vines, therefore cycling nutrients back into the soil as well as controlling vegetation and acting as a natural fertilizer. Ducks and chickens also play a role in weed and pest management (and lay the best eggs on the island). During the winter period, we shred the winery residual biomass and return it to the vines as a mulch which serves to increase humus content. These practices together help improve soil health – essential to better quality grape production.
During 2023 we will initiate a R&D program together with the University of Madeira to work on understanding the impacts of climate change on viticulture on the island, whilst also developing a project to implement “Precision Agriculture” in our vineyards.
We are also developing with ViniPortugal, “The National Reference for Sustainability Certification” throughout the company and working with over 330 individual growers throughout the year to support them in developing best practices on their family properties.
|Quinta de São Jorge
|Quinta de Santa Luzia
Changes over the years:
Sustainability and Environmental Impact Reduction Actions to be Developed in the Next 3 Years:
Water: Monitor monthly water consumption to identify and rectify waste. Promote efficient and sustainable water use through technology investment and water reuse. Quarterly, water quality is assessed via external laboratory analyses.
Energy: Monitor monthly electricity and fossil fuel consumption to identify and rectify waste and usage issues. Promote energy efficiency including the increasing use of renewable energy (photovoltaic energy production) and investing in efficient technologies.
Waste Management: Monthly waste segregation monitoring to address potential recycling and valorization issues. Promote source waste reduction, by using more efficient packaging and sustainable production practices. Separate and valorize waste, incorporating composting practices.
Effluents: We conduct quarterly monitoring of the quality of the wastewater generated through external laboratory analyses.
Materials: Encourage the reduce of paper, plastic, and chemical usage by promoting sustainable alternatives. Use of lighter glass bottles to cut transportation-related carbon footprints while maintaining quality and safety standards. Monitor the market for viable, lighter, and sustainable packaging alternatives.
Carbon Footprint: We conducted a comprehensive inventory of our greenhouse gas emissions in 2021, encompassing scope 1, scope 2, and select scope 3 emissions. The carbon footprint per liter of wine sold is currently 1.4 kg CO2e. Following the GHG Protocol and ISO 14064-1:2018 requirements, we prepared a Greenhouse Gas (GHG) emissions report. This report established reduction targets and outlined measures to decrease our emissions. It was reviewed and validated by LRQA, an accredited independent verifier. Enclosed are the conformity statement and a brief presentation on the compiled report.
Biodiversity Promotion and Environmental Awareness: We promote biodiversity conservation in our vineyards through sustainable practices, native habitat restoration, and environmental awareness. Our approach includes sustainable vineyard management, removing herbicides, minimizing synthetic fertilizers, and encouraging vegetation between vine rows. Furthermore, we aim to preserve native vegetation areas by restoring habitats and providing shelter for indigenous species. Our initiatives to raise environmental awareness among employees and the community consist of the following actions:
- Several employees joined a group of 25 students and 8 teachers from São Jorge Basic School, along with 14 individuals from the ships P&O Cruises/Azura and AIDA Cruises/Aida Sol. Together, they took a guided tour of Quinta do Bispo in São Jorge and planted 100 endemic trees of the Laurisilva forest. It is estimated that the annual carbon sequestration from planting these 100 endemic trees is approximately 2,200 kg of CO2.
- Webinar "Circular Economy - From Theory to Transformation" - A sensitization action featuring the participation of 8 MWC employees.
We periodically promote environmental and social solidarity actions. If you wish to submit your suggestion regarding solidarity initiatives and projects that may eventually be supported by the company, you should send an email to: