Previously owned by Taylor Fladgate & Yeatman, Croft was acquired by John Fladgate personally in 1862, upon whom was bestowed the title ‘Barão de Roêda’ by the Portuguese Crown. With the marriage of Fladgate’s daughter to Charles Wright of Croft the property passed into The House of Croft’s hands in 1875. The vineyard draws its character not only from new Port winemaking technologies but also by maintaining its commitment to traditional foot treading, for its vintage port wines. Quinta da Roêda is the cornerstone of Croft’s reputation as a producer of superb Vintage and vintage style Ports. Its characteristically plump, full, vigorously fruity wines, are the essence of the inimitable Croft house style.
The Douro valley is the home of Port production and is one of the oldest demarcated wine regions in the world. The vineyards follow a band of Schist along the valley rising up in steep terraced slopes from the river. Upstream lies Spains Ribera del Duero. Increasingly, unfortified wines are produced here, but it is really for great vintage port that the region is known.