Croft’s magnificent old property of Quinta da Roêda forms a vast sweep of terraced vineyard on the north bank of the Douro just upstream from the village of Pinhão. In common with many of Europe’s finest wine estates, Roêda’s vineyards were devastated in the 1870s by Phylloxera. The damage was so extensive that its owners, decided to convert the property to the cultivation of the mulberry tree whose leaves are the preferred food of the silk worm. Fortunately, the solution to Phylloxera was finally found. Otherwise, the estate might be known today as the source of the finest silk rather than for the silken-textured wines for which Roêda is now renowned. Now, for the first time, a Vintage Port has been made from grapes grown on the magnificent plots. In a historic reference to the estate’s involvement in the production of silk and to the characteristically silk-like texture of its wines, it has been named Serikos.