Croft

  • Established 1588
  • Founded by Henry Thompson & The Croft Family
  • Current Owner Fladgate Partnership

Croft’s ‘established’ date is open to debate. Croft say it was 1588, Richard Mayson in his book ‘Port & The Douro’ says 1678 as Phayre & Bradley and technically, Croft didn’t appear in the name of the company until 1736 as Tilden, Thompson & Croft!

Up until the early 20th Century, Croft kept growing and becoming a big company, and then in 1911 it became part of Gilby Vintners, which after many corporation mergers and acquisitions became Diageo. In 2001 the Fladgate Partnership took over Croft.