Toro, with only 350 litres of rain per year, is one of the driest wine making regions in Spain. Its continental climate with Atlantic influences, enjoyes a wide temperature variation between day and night - a key factor for growing quality grapes. The long winters (Nov - March) are cold (up to -7ºC) and its summers are short (June - September) and extremely hot with temperatures topping 40ºC. The average annual temperature is a moderate 12ºC.
Although the presence of snow is rare, spring frosts are a threat until mid May.
The soil in Toro boasts a high content of river stones that accumulate heat during the day and act as a temperature regulator during the night as the stones slowly release the heat absorbed during the day. Top soil is largely sandy, light, well drained and poor in organic material - and the reason phyloxera left the region largely unaffected. The subsoil is often clay and efficiently holds the scarce rainfall that falls - a vital characteristic in such an arid area.
In some key areas, the quantity of the river stones is so large that they often cover the soil completely, giving the impression that the vines are planted directly in amongst the stones.
The unique combination of the climate and soil creates an extremely favourable environment for an even and early ripening of the grapes thus enhancing each varietal's characteristics and allowing a wide range of fruit and foral aromas to shine through.
Bodegas Fariña (D.O. TORO)
Camino del Palo s/n
49.800 Toro (Zamora - Spain)
Bodegas Fariña (Vino de la Tierra de Castilla y León)
Crtra. de Moraleja s/n
49.151 Casaseca de las Chanas (Zamora - Spain)
Tel: +34 980 57 76 73 Fax: +34 980 57 77 20