William Offley founded the eponymous wine merchant in London in 1737, and soon began importing and bottling Port to the UK. By 1787, Offley was described as ‘one of the most considerable English houses at Porto.’ The house became famous for its association with Joseph James Forrester, later the Baron of Forrester, who came to Oporto in 1831 to join his uncle, James Forrester, who was a partner in what was then Offley, Forrester and Webber. The Baron Forrester became famous for mapping the Douro, and for painting many of its landscapes. He drowned when his boat capsized as he was travelling from the Douro to Oporto. It is said that he died because the money belt around his waist dragged him beneath the treacherous waters of the Douro.
Under Sogrape’s ownership, Offley has thrived.
Quality, derived from the fact that their best wines come from the Quinta da Boa Vista in Cima Corgo, has once again moved it up the ranks of Port producers..