Douro Valley, Portugal
Croft is the oldest Port wine producer trading today, dating from 1588, the very year that the Spanish Armada was defeated by Sir Francis Drake. The history of the House includes aristocrats, espionage and a tonic for invalids, but from the very start Croft was renowned for its vintage Ports having produced the earliest on record in 1781.
Quinta da Roêda, the jewel of Douro Valley vineyards acquired by Croft in 1889, is also integral to the House’s vintage wines. The 109 hectare property has some 332,000 vines planted overlooking the Douro River, and produces characteristically plump, full and vigorously fruity wines with a hallmark ‘gum cistus’ aroma of the native aromatic bush.
Maintaining its pioneering spirit, Croft has created the first pink Port from traditional red Port grapes, through skin colour extraction and white Port production techniques. Designed to be served chilled over ice, or as part of a refreshing summer cocktail, it is an innovative and refreshing approach to Port drinking.