Croft is a leading Port house releasing a full range of styles, though it is particularly known both for vintage Port production, alongside a range of more innovative products, including the first rosé Port.
It is the oldest business still active as a Port wine producer; the company has its roots as a wine merchant founded in York, northern England in 1588 by Henry Thompson. By 1647, it had acquired cellars in Bordeaux, and on the journeys out to wine regions was trading several other commodities such as textiles; during the 1650s it had begun trading with Portugal. The Croft family married into the firm in the 1730s, and the first vintage Croft Port was the 1781. In 1911, the Gilbey family took control.