Blandy’s is a 200-year-old family business with a long tradition in fine winemaking.
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. Members of the family continues to live on Madeira, maintaining a tradition that goes back to 1811: 2 centuries of fine wine production.
Cossart Gordon & Co. was established in 1745 and is the oldest company in the Madeira Wine trade. Francis Newton, a young Scot sailed from Gravesend in Britain and arrived in Madeira on September 12th 1745, founding the company.
By 1850 the firm was said to be shipping "half the growth of the island". The firm has always maintained its British nationality with a branch in London since 1748, and in 1909, because the family had grown so large, the firm was registered as a limited company. At the end of the 19th century the firm had expanded by including port, sherry, tarragona, marsala and malaga to their wine portfolio. These businesses continued until the outbreak of World War II when the firm decided to concentrate solely on Madeira.
The Cossart family has been among the most influential on the island for nearly two centuries. The most authoritative book on Madeira, Madeira The Island Vineyard, was written by Noël Cossart, a past senior partner of the firm born on the island in 1907.
To this day, Cossart Gordon Madeiras are considered the very finest available.
Miles Madeira is synonymous with excellent Madeira wine and has become one of the best known and most respected brands in the world. The firm that was eventually to become Miles Madeira was originally known as Rutherford & Brown, established on the Island of Madeira in 1814.
In 1856 Henry Price Miles left England with his family and arrived in Madeira. Having worked as an apprentice since the age of 12 under the tutelage of James Rutherford, he acquired sound knowledge and experience of the workings of the Madeira trade. In 1872, the Rutherfords left for London and started up a wine importing business at the Old Trinity House in Waterlane.
Together with the wine production, H. P. Miles created the first brewery in Madeira in 1872 called the "Atlantic Brewery". It was in these two companies that he and his 2 sons, Henry Alfred and Charles Vaughan created the Miles legacy on the Island.
After the end of World War II, conditions in the wine trade became extremely difficult and Henry Alfred Miles' son, Cecil Miles negotiated the entry of H. P. Miles and Co. into the Madeira Wine Association.
One of the lodges continues to be used exclusively for the ageing and maturation of the Miles' Vintages and older blended wines.
In 1992 Madeira Wine Company became the first company in Madeira island to produce and bottle a table wine, which was named Atlantis. The name was inspired by a legendary lost island in the Atlantic Ocean, often idealized as an advanced society holding wisdom that could bring world peace.
This winning project by MWC reflects the vision and pioneirism of the Company even when the general opinion at the time was that the natural conditions of the Island wouldn’t permit the production of quality table wines.
The Atlantis was crafted by Francisco Albuquerque, the award-winning winemaker of Madeira Wine Company, three times considered the best fortified winemaker in the world.