Today, Toro is considered one of the world's most premium wine regions. Over the last 10 years, TORO has risen from obscurity to the centre of the international wine stage thanks to the quality and unmistakeable character of its wines.
Despite the fact that TORO has only reached international stardom recently, it boasts a long and glorious past. Since Roman times and throughout the 12th and 13th centuries, the wines from TORO enjoyed special royal priviledges where it was the only wine allowed in the town of Seville during the reign of Alfonso IX.
Christopher Colombus was a huge fan of the region and his voyage of discovery began in the region. Toro wines accompanied him on his first voyage of discovery and in the regions honor, he baptized one of this three ships, LA PINTA - a measure of wine from Toro.
During the 19th Century, Phyloxera hit europe hard. Thanks to the sandy soils of Toro, most of the regions vineyards were spared from the root eating louse. As one of the very few places left with healthy vines, TORO exported important quantities of wine to the rest of Europe while they replanted the vines.
Toro wines have always been famous for their high alcohol content (16% was not uncommon) and full bodied structure which made for big wines that aged well and travelled well over long distances, including deep sea voyages. It wasn't until changing market demands and refined consumer tastes for more elegant wines that change became necessary in the region.
During the 1970's, Manuel Fariña was the first to understand that change was necessary if the region was to survive. He strongly believed that such high levels of alcohol were not a characteristic of the Tinta de Toro varietal but were simply the result of unneccesary late harvesting. Manuel instigated the region's first major change - he brought the harvest forward by almost a month. He endeavoured to find the perfect point of ripeness (sugars and polyphenols) which he discovered was around the 3rd - 4th week of september. The result was a reduction in alcohol from 16% - 17% to a much softer 13-13,5%. Such changes brought about the oficial creation of the Denomination of Origin TORO in 1987. A new and exciting era was born and Manuel Fariña was voted the first president of the regulating body which was comprised of only 6 wineries.
Worldwide press recognition of the quality of the region has placed Toro centre stage on the worldwide wine stage. This new found fame has not only caught the attention of the press, professional wine buyers and consumers but also investors. Toro has seen major investments arrive over the last 10 years and today boasts over 40 different producers - a far cry from the 6 that began just 20 years ago.Some of the most important comentators on the world of wine have not hesitated to position TORO amongst the top 10 most interesting and exciting wine regions in the world. With such unique tasting, quality fruit as a base and so much activity focusing on extracting 100% of that quality, the future is bright.
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