Croft Port is one of the original founding Port houses and can records show that it was established in 1588, in England, by Henry Thompson, a member of the Merchants Company of York. The Croft family, who joined the partnership in 1736 and gave the firm its present name, served the Port trade with great distinction. In Quinta de Roeda, Croft Port owns one of the finest Port estates in the Douro – it is wine from this vineyard that always form the backbone of Croft Vintage Port. Croft Port was bought by the Taylor Fladgate Partnership, owners of the Taylor and Fonseca Port houses, and since this return to family ownership has consolidated its position as a first growth Vintage Port producer. Crofts CEO Adrian Bridge commented: 2011 will mark the tenth anniversary of Crofts return to family ownership. Our investments at Quinta da Roêda continue to enhance the reputation of this iconic vineyard and have borne fruit in the fourth vintage to be declared since we acquired the property.” The property has again been the source of major investment. This includes the building of traditional lagares (granite treading tanks) allowing the reintroduction of foot treading, still unsurpassed as a method of extraction for vintage port. The character of Croft Vintage Ports is one of the most individual of all. Scented, exotic and crammed with luscious opulent fruit flavour, they develop great richness and complexity with age. Quinta da Roêda is at the heart of this distinctive house style. Its wines always form the base for the Croft Vintage Port blend and, in the case of the Croft 2009, all the components of the blend in fact come from the property, including wines from the estates extensive terraces of old vines.