The wine region of Toro is a predominantly red-wine
appellation in Castilla y León in north-western Spain. Toro is situated in
the province of Zamora, west of the Rueda and Ribera del Duero
wine appellations, and in the Spanish Duero river valley near the Portuguese
Toro appellation covers approximately 5,600ha of vineyards at an altitude of
600-750m above sea level. The region produces red wine across the spectrum
from Joven to Gran Reserva, but all grades must be made from at least
75% Tinta de Toro (the local name for a clone of the Tempranillo
red grape). The best reds tend to contain 100% Tinta de Toro and are robust,
concentrated and well-structured.
Cab. Sauvignon is also
planted in the region but not permitted for its DO wines. White wines
constitute only a small proportion of Toro production and are made from
Malvasía and Verdejo.
Toro made its breakthrough when some of the greatest names in the Spanish
wine-making scene showed their trust in the region's potential and moved on to
establish their own estates there. These included Vega Sicilia's
Álvarez family, Rioja's Marqués de
Riscal and Mariano García (the former Vega Sicilia winemaker)
with its new Toro winery Mauro-dos.
Jacques and François Lurton of Bordeaux also launched a winery
(El Albar) in Toro where they're making wine both alone and in
partnership with renowned enologist Michel Rolland (at his Campo
Elíseo). In Valdefinjas, Rioja's Eguren family of Bodegas Sierra
Cantabria has Numanthia-Termes, which makes Termanthia and Numanthia, two
of the most well-known wines in the region today.