Madeira Miles Descobrimentos Edition 1488-1988 Boal 15 years
The company that would eventually become Miles Madeira was originally known as Rutherford & Brown, established on Madeira Island in 1814. In 1856, Henry Price Miles left England with his family and arrived in Madeira. Having worked as an apprentice from the age of 12 under the tutelage of James Rutherford, he gained solid knowledge and experience of the workings of the Madeira trade. In 1872, the Rutherfords left for London (due to Phylloxera which was decimating most of the vineyards on Madeira) and started a wine importing business at Old Trinity House in Waterlane. This led Miles to buy the company and the shares and later made a gentleman's agreement with Rutherford that any Madeira sold by them in the UK, Scandinavia, or Russia would be bought through HPMiles and Co.
The Madeira Wine Company was originally an association of several Madeira wine producing companies, who decided to join forces to strengthen their buying and winemaking capabilities. This Association was founded in 1913. During the years of discord, the old family companies of Blandy's and Leacock joined together, followed immediately after the dispute by Miles and Cossart Gordon, thus creating the largest producer and exporter of Madeira wine. Whatever the size, maintaining the unique characteristics and style of each individual company was at the centre of the association's attention. By the late 1970s, interests in the Madeira Wine Company, as it became known, were reduced to just a handful of the original families with the Blandy family holding the controlling share. In 1989 the Blandy family, needing to strengthen the sales and marketing side of the business, invited the Symington family of Oporto, Portugal to join them in partnership. This partnership has continued to the present day, allowing the Madeira Wine Company to play a leading role in the development of the Madeira Wine trade.
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