"By 2015, those areas that have traditionally produced Spain's finest wines
(Ribera del Duero and Rioja) will assumed second place behind up-and coming regios as Toro, Jumilla
Robert Parker Jr. Predicts
Today, Toro is considered one of the world´s most premium wine regions. Over the last 10 years, TORO has risen from obscurity to the centre of the international wine stage thanks to the quality and unmistakeable character of its wines.
Despite the fact that TORO has only reached international stardom
recently, it boasts a long and glorious past. Since Roman times and throughout the
12th and 13th centuries, the wines from TORO enjoyed special royal privileges.
Christopher Colombus was a huge fan of the region and his voyage of discovery began in the region. Toro wines accompanied him on his first voyage of discovery and in the region´s honor, he baptized one of this three ships, LA PINTA – a measure of wine from Toro.
During the 19th Century, Phyloxera hit europe hard. Thanks to the sandy soils of Toro, most of the regions vineyards were spared from the root eating louse. Thanks to this, Toro enjoys particularly old vineyards.
Toro wines have always been famous for their high alcohol content (16% was not uncommon) and full bodied structure which made for big wines that aged well and travelled well over long distances, including deep sea voyages. It wasn´t until the Fariña family changed the harvest date and winemaking style to meet new market demands and refined consumer tastes that demanded more elegant wines.
The regions superstar varietal is without doubt, the TINTA DE TORO. Related to the Spanish varietal, TEMPRANILLO, Tinta de Toro has adapted to the regions soils and climate so much so, it has developed its very own unique characteristics and no longer resembles its relative.
Tinta de Toro produces wines with great purity of fruit and a very distinct personality. The wines are well structured, intense, deeply concentrated and great for ageing in oak and bottle. Black wild berry fruit, liquorice and violets are particular characteristics of this outstanding varietal. As the regions principal grape, it covers most of the 8000 hectares under vine. Its thick purple/blue skin, which houses all the colour, aromas and tannins, is perfect for producing well structured wines that are rich in aromas and apt for ageing.
Toro, with only 350 litres of rain per year, is one of the driest wine making regions in Spain. Its continental climate with Atlantic influences, enjoys a wide temperature variation between day and night – a key factor for growing quality grapes. The long winters (Nov – March) are cold (down to –7ºC) and its summers are short (June – September) and extremely hot with temperatures topping 40ºC.
The soil in Toro boasts a high content of river stones that accumulate heat during the day and act as a temperature regulator during the night as the stones slowly release the heat absorbed during the day. Top soil is largely sandy, light, well drained and poor in organic material – and the reason phylloxera left the region largely unaffected. The subsoil is often clay and efficiently holds the scarce rainfall that falls – a vital characteristic in such an arid area.
The unique combination of the climate and soil creates an extremely favourable environment for an even and early ripening of the grapes thus enhancing each varietal´s characteristics and allowing a wide range of fruit and foral aromas to shine through.
Guided winery tours: Monday to Friday 10:00h - 16:00h. Saturday 10:00h - 13:00h.
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Bodegas Fariña Camino del Palo, s/n - 49800 - Toro - Zamora (España) - Tel.: +34 980 577 673 - Fax: +34 980 577 720 - email@example.com