Blandy Timeline

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1700

1776

The American Declaration of Independence is toasted with Madeira Wine
1783

John Blandy is born

1800

1807

John Blandy first comes to Madeira
1811

John Blandy establishes himself as a wine shipper
1838

The London Branch of Blandy's is opened
1850

The age of coal: the company diversifies into bunker services
1851

The first Vine plague - Odium Tuckeri - reaches Madeira
1855

John Blandy dies
1862

The Shipping Agency (Madeira) is formed
1872

Phylloxera, the second vine plague is identified in Madeira
1878

Blandy's (Madeira) is appointed Lloyd's Agent
1886

John Burden Blandy opens a branch of Blandy's in the Canary Islands

1900

1906

Blandy's in the Canary Islands is appointed Lloyd's Agent
1913

The Madeira Wine Association is formed
1923

Blandy Brothers (Banqueiros), Lda - Blandy's bank - established
1925

Blandy's joins the Madeira Wine Association
1930/31

Blandy's aquires the Diário de Notícias (Newspaper in Madeira)
1937

Blandy's assumes control of Reid's Hotel Madeira
1942

Revolta da Farinha (Flour Uprising) in Madeira, Companhia Insular de Moinhos (flour mill) is established
1946

Blandy's open Lisbon Office
1974

The Revolution in Portugal
1986

The Madeira Wine Company is formed
1989

The Symington family invest in the Madeira Wine Company
1994

Lusomundo invest in Diário de Notícias da Madeira
1994

The Cliff Bay Hotel opens
1996

Reid's Hotel sold to the Orient Express group
1997

Radio TSF Madeira is launched in Madeira
1997/98

Gallerias São Lourenço, a shopping centre in Funchal opens
1999

Arcadas de São Francisco, a shopping centre in Funchal opens

2000

2000

C & N/ Thomas Cook invest in Porto Bay Hotels
2000

The Porto Bay group is formed
2000

Porto Santa Maria Hotel is opened
2001

Diário de Notícias da Madeira invests in Venezuelan bi-monthly the 'Correio de Caracas'
2003

Porto Mare Hotel is opened
2005

Madeira Story Centre Opens
2005

'Inspira' Hotel concept launched
2007

After 130 of existance the Diário de Notícias undergoes rebranding with new layout as well as launching its online news portal
2007

Porto Bay buys the Rio International Hotel situated on the front line of the Copacabana beach in the city of Rio de Janeiro, Brasil
2007

Porto Bay Group inaugurates the prize-winning Porto Bay Glenzhaus in Búzios, Brasil
2008

Porto Bay Group inaugurates the Porto Bay Falésia Hotel in Olhos d’Água near Albufeira in the Algarve.
2008

Il Gallo d’Oro, the gourmet restaurant of the multi-award winning hotel The Cliff Bay, belonging to the Porto Bay hotel group, was awarded the Michelin star for the first time
2009

Porto Bay inaugurates the five star Porto Bay L'Hotel São Paulo
2010

Inspira inaugurates the new Inspira Santa Marta Hotel in Lisbon