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The Toro wine region

Toro is the latest success story in Spanish winemaking. The thirst for dense, full-bodied Tempranillo has attracted many well-known, established wineries to Toro from all over Spain. A typical wine from Toro is full-bodied, powerful and warm, with lots of tannin and juicy fruit.

History

Toro is the latest success story in Spanish winemaking. The region has only had DO status since 1987. Only eight bodegas were in operation in 1998, 25 in 2000, 40 in 2006 – and today there are 51 registered bodegas. The driving force behind the boom in the area was probably the world-famous Vega Sicilia winery, when it planned its Bodega Pintia. Its first vintage was in 2001. After that almost all the well-known wineries in northern Spain invested in the Toro DO region, enticed by the thirst for dense, full-bodied Tempranillo. Today foreign investors also have a presence there, such as the Lurton family from Bordeaux and Moët Hennessy with its Bodega Numanthia.

Geography

The Toro DO region takes its name from the provincial town of Toro in the Castile region near the Portuguese border. The Toro DO region covers 62,000 hectares, of which 5,800 are planted with vines.

Climate

The climate in the region – dry, continental and warm – is determined by its altitude, between 600 and 750 metres above sea level. The growing season is quite short, and frost is frequent in winter. In summer daytime temperatures reach 40°C, often cooling down to 12°C at night. Annual rainfall is less than 400 millimetres.

Top wines from Toro

Wines

A typical wine from Toro is full-bodied, powerful and warm, with lots of tannin and juicy fruit. Many wines are vinified purely from Tempranillo, also known locally as Tinta de Toro.

Grape varieties

The traditional variety is Tempranillo, which covers about 85 percent of the area under vines. With a high average age, the vines are mostly grown in bush form. Garnacha (Grenache) and the Verdejo and Malvasia white grapes are also cultivated.

Vineyard area and production volume

5,800 hectares, 9.5 million bottles in 2010.