Founded in London in 1737 by William Offley, initially as wine merchants, Offley was soon exporting wines and later began to produce its own Porto Wine. The brand gained international recognition as a creator of premium quality wines.
A decisive moment in its development was the arrival of Joseph James Forrester as partner in the company – a charismatic man who would later be known as the Baron of Forrester and who played a key role in expanding Offley and the Porto Wine industry in the Nineteenth Century.
Joseph James Forrester joined the company in the 1830’s and his entire adult life in Portugal was devoted to Douro and Porto Wine. In addition to contributing to the growth of Porto wine’s international trade links, Forrester was the first to chart the Douro River and Valley, an accomplishment that earned him recognition from and entry into various European Geography and Art societies.
PASSION, FRIENDS, FREEDOM, INSTINCT and DREAMS are the values that the brand had renewed and projects into the future.
Offley is a brand of VERSATILITY and IRREVERENCE that is an inspiration to all those seeking new sensations in Porto Wine.
The Baron of Forrester’s thorough research into viticulture – in particular into soil, traditional grape varieties and the pests affecting the nineteenth century Douro region – has brought great benefits to the Porto Wine industry.
Joseph James Forrester completed the significant task of mapping the region and the Douro River, creating the first detailed map of this region and river.
The passion for Porto Wine and the Douro region earned Joseph James Forrester the title of Baron, granted him by the King of Portugal in 1855.
Ironically, the Baron of Forrester drowned, a victim of a tragic boating accident on the River Douro he so loved.