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Toro — the essence of the old vines

Close to the border with Portugal is a Toro. Here dominates the strong and rustic red wines on the local tempranilloklon tinto del toro. The area has in recent years received much publicity, and a number of Spain's best wines are now coming from this area.


the river duero runs through the area, which borders up to the Rueda south-east and Tierra de Vino de Zamora to the west. Man has cultivated wine in this region since roman times, but the actual wine production first took off in the middle ages, when the king of Toro, Alfonso 9., legalized the sale of the wines from Toro in Spain. Torovinene then great success across most of the country, and some districts had to make the prohibition of the wines from the Toro, so they were not too dominant. And even for Christopher Columbus was the wines from Toro his favorite to bring along on his travels. And it made sense, for the powerful wines with high alcohol was well-received on the long journey to America.

In contrast to the rest of Spain, Toro is not hit to vinlusen, as it raged in the late 1800s. Vinlusen can not thrive in very sandy soil, such as is found here. The wines were, therefore, in the period of fast popular also outside of Spain, especially in France. But during the Spanish civil war in the 1930s and the subsequent crisis was the wine production is virtually at a standstill, and in spite of the past success of the area, it was not officially DO before in 1987.


today, working more than 60 houses of wine in Toro. Many of these have come in recent years and is well-known wineries, especially from Ribera del Duero and Rioja. In addition, some frenchmen invested in the area, such as Michel Rolland, Lurton family and LVMH. The main town of Toro is an ancient fortified town, which is located on top of a hill with views of the magnificent landscape. There goes the stories about the bell tower in the city was originally built using sand, cement and the local wine, as there was so much wine, that it was easier to get hold of than water.


the Climate is continental with a bit of influence from the Atlantic ocean. Very hot in the summer and with a hard and long frostperiode in the winter. It is not uncommon, that is entirely down to minus 10 degrees in winter, while in summer, the rise will be 40 degrees. That fall is not much rainfall in Toro; the fall typically in the spring and is around 300-400 mm annually.

Vineyards is located in the 600-750 m in height, and the soil is characterized by sand, clay and limestone. The sand keeps the moisture away from the vines, and thus prevent a number of diseases. Under sandjorden is primarily clay, which holds water and provides nutrients to the plants. Over half of Toro's vineyards have a sandy soil and is planted on its own roots. It is quite unique. Since the area was not affected by the vinlusen, one can find very old vines here— not uncommon over 100 years old. Virtually all of the wines are grown as buskvine.

Officially, most of the grapes are tinto del toro, but as more fields are planted, decades ago, individual canes well be the other grape varieties, both red and green grapes. It believes it has importance for the wines, and it is often referred to as the secret ingredient. However, the local wine grower roughly track of what is available in his field. When you ask the local about the tinta del toro grape, and tempranillo, is there a difference and not only on the name. Genetically, there are small differences, and in practice, tinta del toro, the longer to mature, which gives the more mature phenols in the taste. Furthermore drueskindet thicker and the content of coloring matter higher, which explains why the wines from Toro are almost black in color.


produced both red-, white - and rosé wine. The white wines are made on verdejo and malvasía. Redwine and rosévinene be made primarily on the tinto del toro and a bit of garnacha. Redwine is often very heavy and bulky in style: Often around 15 percent alcohol and fleshy in the structure. Either be prepared as jóven or roble versions without or with only a little fadlagring. It produces fruity, drikkeklare wines, who like to be served a little cool. Crianza, reserva and gran reserva are not used often. Instead, write the number of months in the dish on the label to communicate the different wines that each winery sells. In contrast to many other be used a part american casks for the maturation of the wines, especially the cheaper wines, whereas the topvinene virtually always made in French casks. Unfortunately, a number of manufacturers tend to overgøre the use of the dish, which masks the fruit too much, and the wines are therefore made to appear quite rustic.

Toro is also in recent years become a haven for young winemakers, as the earth is still cheaper than in the larger and more well-known areas, but in addition, the proportion of old sticks great. Of the well 5.600 hectares in the Toro, is over 1,200 acres over the 50-year-old buskvine. And the oldest canes, you know, well over 100 years and included, among others, in the wines from Numanthia.


Viña San Roman is the name of the Bodegas Maurodos winery in the rugged Toro. Maurodos consists of more than 35 hectares of fields distributed over the cities of San Román de Hornija and Villaester. The vineyard itself is situated in Pedrosa del Rey. Mariano García, who also stands behind the well-known Aaltovine from Ribera del Duero, make these wines. Best wine: the San Román.


Bodegas y Viñedos Pintia
Pintia is created in 1997 and is owned by Vega Sicilia from Ribera del Duero. Today has over 96 hectares, and experimenting with a host of parcelblandinger as well as more than 30 different fadtyper. The ambition has from the start been that the Pintia must be one of the area's very best wineries. Chefvinmager is Gonzalo Iturriaga de Juan, who is also responsible for Vega Sicilia and Alión. Best wine: Pintia.


Dominio del Bendito is founded in 2004 and produces six different wines at only 28 acres. The owner, vinmageren, seller m.v. is one and the same person, namely, Antony Terryn, who is French and is now recognized as one of the biggest talents in the area. He is a perfectionist, and it mostly takes place in the hand. Best wine: El Titán.


Teso la Monja is currently owned by Dominio de Eguren, who created the room Numanthia-Termes and since sold it to LVMH. The house owner parcels with pre-phylloxera vines (“from before vinlusen”) in Toro, Zamora, Valdefinjas and Villabuena del Puente. The house makes four different wines, of which Alabaster is the best, but also Victorino is quite nice.


In 1998, the winery Numanthia was founded with the stated goal to create the best wine from the Toro area. It is named after the legendary city of Numancia, whose inhabitants, in the year 134 b.Kr. decided to commit suicide rather than become roman slaves. Numanthias harvests are very low, and stokkene is very old, which is a major reason for the extremely high quality. Room was in 2007 acquired by the French mærkevarekoncern Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton, which already owns, among others, Château d'yquem and champagnehuset Krug in France. Made three wines: Termes, Numanthia and the best wine Termanthia.



Quinta Quintud Reserva 2015
Laudrup Vin | 189 kr. price
From older fields, with about a 60-year-old canes. 20 months on the platter. A very vinous and fruity wine, quite elegant in the expression wrapped by a fine acid. Not so much concentration as the previous, but quite straightforward and approachable. Spicy, long finish. Nice wine for the price! Alk.: 14% 92


Philipson Wine | 350 kr. price
From the five parcels, collectively going under the name of La Jara. 20 months in French casks. A bit of white albillo are also available on the field and are included in the wine. Red meat and spices in the nose. Youthful expression with dry tanninbid and lots of black berries, warm spices and toastnoter. Very concentrated and intense in flavor. A long completion. Alk.: 15% 93


Theis Wines | 280 dkk. price
Fresh and fruity with plenty of black berries, licorice, mocha and vaniljenoter. Nice freshness with lots of intensity. Violets in the aftertaste. A little atypical, but nice Toro wine. Alk.: 14,4% 94


LVMH | 449 kr. price
From almost 80 years and older canes. Ripe nose. Nice concentration with lots of blackberry, mocha and dark chocolate. Nice fadintegration and balance. A long completion. Alk.: 15% 93


Sigurd Müller liquor store | 450 dkk. the
Strawberries in the nose. Lots of intensity packed into a nice acid. Lots of black berries, spices and vaniljenoter. Nice depth and length. Alk.: 15% 95


Sigurd Müller liquor store | 360 kr.
From about 40-100 year old canes. 18 months in French casks. Very dark and concentrated in the term. Blackberry, mocha, chocolate and vanilla in the taste. Very classic Toro with a rustic hint to it. A long completion. Alk.: 15% 94


AndrupVin.dk | 449 kr. price
From the old canes. 20 months of fadlagring. Very full-bodied with dark chokoladenoter, sødmefuldt concentrated bærnoter and vanilla. Very powerful with a long, spicy finish. Alk.: 15,5% 94


World of Wines | unknown price
17 months in new French casks. Lots of blackberry, mocha, dark chocolate and, not least, the vanilla in the taste. Concentrated with a nice structure. A long completion. Alk.: 14,5% 93

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