In some ways the western continuation of Ribera del Duero, the Toro region runs along the valley of the Duero River between Valladolid and Zamora, and while the altitude is less extreme than in Ribera the soil types are largely similar and the principle grape is the same: Tempranillo, or Tinta de Toro as it is known here. As befits the history of the region, many vineyards are incredibly old compared to the rest of Europe and goblet vines abound; it is common to find plantings of 100 years old or more.
Much prized in medieval times, the wines of Toro have re-emerged and formal DO status was granted in 1987. Powerful, as the name might suggest, the potential alcohol in fruit grown on this rugged and severe landscape can easily exceed 16% so grape growers must fight to remain within the official limit of 15%. The best wines, however, are reined in well below this to retain freshness and a small handful of super quality-orientated producers, for example Bodega Numanthia (now owned by the LVMH luxury group), have managed to raise Toro to the level of Spain’s finest.
Our Toro Selection
|Aromana, Bodegas Toroeno, Toro, 2011|
|Aromana, Bodegas Toroeno, Toro, 2012|
|Epónimo, Bodegas Toroeno, Toro, 2010|
|Epónimo, Bodegas Toroeno, Toro, 2011|
|Epónimo, Bodegas Toroeno, Toro, 2012|