The Delaforces are an old family of Huguenot origin which
can trace its history back over 700 years. Their involvement in the
port business dates from 1834 when John Fleurriet Delaforce came to
Oporto to set up the new firm of Martinez Gassiot on behalf of its
partners. In 1868 his son George Henry Delaforce founded his own
firm, the House of Delaforce.
In the years that followed, Delaforce rapidly became
established as one of the leading port wine companies developing
its sales in Germany, France, England, Ireland, Russia and the
Scandinavian countries, as well as in Portugal itself. Between 1894
and 1906 the company was distinguished with a warrant as supplier
of port wine to the Portuguese Royal Household.
Over the years, Delaforce has developed a reputation for
its outstanding blending and ageing skills which express themselves
in the company's renowned aged tawny ports, His Eminence's Choice
and Curious & Ancient. Both brands were originally created in
the 1930's. Today, Delaforce is owned and run by Real Companhia
Velha, who have over 250 years of existence and uninterrupted
activity in the Port Wine Trade.
Almost every port style is represented in the Delaforce
range of wines which are sold throughout the world. Its
distinguished portfolio of products continues to earn the company
its recognition as the master of the port blend.