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The DO area named after the city of the same name (Toro = bull) is located in the northern Spanish region Castile and Leon not far from the Portuguese border. The DO borders to the east Rueda the great river Duero crosses both areas. Toro is also called "Tierra del Pan" (Land of Bread) because of the huge wheat fields. The vineyards cover around 4,000 hectares of vineyards and are mostly in the valleys of the Guareña at 600 to 750 meters above sea level. Winegrowing was practiced here by monks as early as the 13th century. The first Spanish university (from Palencia) was moved to the city of Salamanca (outside the DO) in the south in 1215, which gave great impetus 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, which lies on a rocky hill on the banks of the Duero.
The indigenous and only growing red grape variety here Tinta de Toro (Archetype of Tempranillo) occupies 70% of the vineyard area, the rest is planted with the red Garnacha Tinta and the white varieties Malvasia and Verdejo. The red wines, which are mostly aged in barrels, must contain at least 75% Tinta del Toro, but they are largely produced by type. The deep dark, extract-rich wines have strong but soft tannins. Due to the warm, dry climate, the grapes reach maximum ripeness and, as a result, the wines ferment naturally up to 15% vol alcohol. Because of the wine quality Ribera del Duero and Priorato the Toro red wines are known as the “Spanish wine miracle”. The rosé and white wines, also classified as DO, are only produced in very small quantities and should rather be drunk young.