The origin of the wines of Toro
pre-dates the colonization of Spain by the Romans. In the Middle Ages and later, Toro filled the royal cellars and ships bound for the New World. In the 19th century, large quantities were exported to France to fill the void left by Phylloxera. Toro
obtained the legal protection of the famous "Designation of Origin" status in 1987.
Toro wines are produced in an area southeast of the province of Zamora, in the west of the Castile y Leon region. The vineyards, governed by the Toro DO, extend over 62,000 hectares. The soil is composed of sediment, clay and calcareous conglomerates. The climate of the Toro appellation is continental, extremely dry and influenced by the Atlantic.
The typical grape variety of the Toro appellation is the Tinta de Toro which is mainly used for red wines along with Garnacha. These wines can be Crianza, Reserva or Gran Reserva, depending on the age and the time spent ageing in oak barrels. The Toro white wines are mainly created from Verdejo and Malvasía. The designation also produces rosé wines which are half Garnacha and half Tinta de Toro. The force and variety of Toro wines can be appreciated in the wines from Bodegas Liberalia, Sobreño and Elias Mora.
More informations on the website of the wines of Toro