Delicious Wines from Toro

Exotic Wines of Toro

All the wines from Spain are exotic! But, my personal first choice will be the ones from Castile and Léon wine region.

Within the community, Toro DO region grabs the attention of all red wine lovers. This region, which forms the northwestern part of Castile and Léon, is located in the Zamora province.

To those who are unaware of this DO region; this region is producing some delicious and powerful red wines from Tempranillo grape variety.

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Now, it’s time to learn more about this special wine region. Just read on…

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A Little on the History of Winemaking in Toro

It’s been stated that wines have been produced in this part of Spain right from the end of the first century BC. The process of winemaking was introduced here by the ancient Greeks.

From here, the winemaking picked up and during the early Middle Ages, the wines from Toro were traded in the Duero river region.

The region continued to gain popularity for its wines and slowly these wines were started selling in the neighbouring cities too.

At the later part of the nineteenth century, large quantities of wines from Toro were sent to France, which experienced a serious wine crisis due to phylloxera attack.

This region didn’t have this effect as this was protected by the sandy soils. By now, you would have understood that this region will have a good number of older vineyards. It was during the year 1987 that the Toro DO was launched.

Location and Geography of Toro DO

As per the Spanish wine appellation, the wine production zone governed by this DO is located in the south-eastern part of the Zamora province and is including the following areas:

  • Tierra del Vino
  • Guareña Valley
  • Tierra de Toro
  • Tierra del Pan
  • Tierra de Campos

As such, the total surface area covered by this DO comes to be around 62,000 hectares. Of these, almost 8,000 hectares of land are covered with wine grape plants.

When it comes to topography, the altitude plays a significant role in the terroir of Toro. A majority of the vineyards of Toro is found to be planted at the heights of 600 to 850 meters above sea level.

Experts say that altitude is the major factor helping to cool down the temperature slightly. Overall, the region is experiencing a continental type of climate, meaning the summers are hot and dry, while the winters are harsh and cold.

The major source of irrigation for the vineyards is the Duero River. The soils here are found to be made of sand sediments, clay and calcium, thereby, making up brown limestone top soils.

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Wine Production in Toro

The region is committed to the production of quality wines and hence, follows a strict set of regulations in the production process.

As mentioned earlier, the red wines represent the major production and most of these red wines are made exclusively from the Tinta de Toro grape variety.

Various forms of 100% Tinta de Toro wines are:

  • Young red, which is drunk within a year of making
  • Roble, which is subjected to 3 to 6 months of aging
  • Crianza, which is subjected to 2 years of aging (includes 6 months in oak barrels)
  • Reserva, which is subjected to 3 years of aging (includes 1 year in oak barrels)
  • Gran Reserva, which is subjected to 5 years of aging (includes 2 years in oak barrels)

Besides these, white and rosé wines are being produced. Most of the white wines will be 100% Verdejo or Malvasia. Rosé wines are made from Tinta de Toro (50%) and Garnacha (50%).

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