One of the original founding port houses, Croft traces its origins to 1588 when the company was established in England by Henry Thomson, a member of the Merchants Company of York.
The Croft family, which joined the partnership in 1736 and gave the firm its present name, served the port trade with great distinction. A book recently published by the firm reveals much new research into the company’s long and fascinating history. The reputation of Croft as a Vintage Port producer derives to a large extent from its ownership of Quinta da Roêda, one of the finest estates in the Douro Valley, and from such legendary wines as the Croft 1945, recognised as one of the finest of that landmark year. In September 2001, Croft became part of The Fladgate Partnership, the family group which also includes the famous Taylor and Fonseca port houses.
distinctive house style, characterized by a ripe, luscious, almost exotic
fruitiness is present in all its young ruby ports. But it should not be
forgotten that Croft also produces some excellent tawny ports with their
wonderful nutty, butterscotch and dried raisiny characteristics.