Madeira Wine Company, S.A. | Blandy’s Wine Lodge
It is one of the oldest companies producing Madeira wine, over 200 years old, and is part of the history of these unique wines in the world.
Its founder was John Blandy, in 1811, and the family company is now in its seventh generation. In 1838, John Blandy acquired the convent of St. Francis (São Francisco), right in the centre of the city of Funchal, where the company's wineries have been operating until today.
Although the company has a modern winery in the Caniçal area, where it produces its wines, it is still at Blandy's Wine Lodge – also known as Adegas de São Francisco – that it has a large stock of old wines and that many of them are stored, whether in barrels and casks, those that are still ageing, whether in demijohns and bottles, those that have already reached their peak of evolution, waiting to be sold and appreciated. The production is led by one of the best-known Portuguese winemakers, Francisco Albuquerque, who knows, like few, all the characteristics of the island and its vineyards.
Although Blandy has some vineyards of its own in various places on the island, it still buys grapes from a large number of winegrowers, according to tradition. And they also produce quite successful table wines, with the Atlantis brand, a white, a rosé and a reserve white. With a beautiful museum, which tells the story of this family and Madeira wine itself, there are many other reasons for interest, including Madeira wine tasting, for all tastes and purses.
Blandy exports its wines all over the world, which is another family tradition. It is a place of worship, a