The named after the city of the same name (Toro = bull) DO area is located in the northern Spanish region Castile and Leon
not far from the Portuguese border. East borders the DO Rueda
on, the great river Duero crosses both areas. Toro is also referred to as "Tierra del Pan" (land of bread), because here are huge wheat fields. The vineyards cover about 4,000 hectares and are mostly in the valleys of the Guareña 600 to 750 meters above sea level. As early as the 13th century, wine was cultivated here by monks. In the city of Salamanca (south of the DO), the first Spanish university was relocated in 1215 (by Palencia), which gave a great boost to viticulture. The professors, students and not least the princes of the Church and the Spanish court greatly appreciated this wine. The area is named after the town of the same name, located on a rocky hill on the banks of the Duero.
The indigenous and only here growing red grape Tinta de Toro
(Former Tempranillo) occupies 70% of the vineyard, the rest is planted by the red Garnacha Tinta and the white varieties Malvasia and Verdejo. The red wines, which are usually matured in barriques, must contain at least 75% Tinta del Toro, but they are mostly produced in a pure variety. The deep-dark, extract-rich wines have strong but soft tannins. Due to the warm, dry climate, the grapes reach the highest maturity and thus the wines in natural fermentation up to 15% vol alcohol content. Due to the wine quality Ribera del Duero
The Toro red wines are called "Spanish wine miracle". The also classified as DO Rosé and white wines are produced only in very small quantities and should rather be drunk young.