The family invests in Croft


With the acquisition of Croft Port, the Taylor Fonseca group was renamed The Fladgate Partnership.  
Its new family owners began an extensive programme of investment in Croft, beginning with the firm’s famous vineyard estate of Quinta da Roêda. The first move was to build traditional granite treading tanks at the estate’s winery.  

The return to traditional wine making took the quality of the firm’s vintage Ports to an even higher level.  The Croft 2003 was acclaimed as one of the finest of the vintage and subsequent vintage declarations, as well as releases of Quinta da Roêda single estate vintage Ports, have further enhanced Croft’s reputation as a ‘first growth’ vintage Port house.
The family has also invested heavily in the vineyards at Quinta da Roêda. The terraces containing the estate’s large number of very old vines have not been touched. However, a large area of more recent planting has been replaced using the latest vineyard landscaping techniques and a selection of the finest traditional Port grape varieties, ensuring that Roêda will continue to deserve its place among the finest Douro Valley wine estates for decades to come.