I became an honorary Gin Rectifier last night (May 9). I took an oath and now I am duty bound to promote the best interests of gin.
MWC produces Blandy’s, Cossart Gordon, Leacock and Miles madeiras.
Paul Symington, chairman of Symington Family Estates said: "We originally acquired our shareholding in 1989 and there has been a fruitful and friendly partnership for over 20 years during which new methods of wine making were introduced, as well as several marketing
initiatives that have helped transform the MWC. It is fitting that the Blandy’s bicentennial should be marked by their re‐acquisition of a majority holding in their family’s historic island business. My family wishes to concentrate its efforts on re‐building the Cockburn’s port brand and in managing
our vineyards in the Douro as well as other important projects that we have in hand."
Michael Blandy, Chairman of Blandy’s said: ‘This investment demonstrates the Blandy Group's continued strategic commitment to the economy and society of the Island of Madeira which will be complemented by continued expansion of our hotel investments both across Portugal and internationally."
The details of the transaction were not disclosed.