South of this area lies the large province of Castile y León, and running through the center of this area is the Duero river, which is the Spanish end of the river that becomes the Douro in Portugal. Rueda is a region where Sauvignon Blanc was introduced to complement the white grape Verdejo. Toro and Cigales are DOs where Tempranillo dominates. All these regions lie along the Duero River.
As grown in Ribera del Duero, the Tempranillo grape known as Tinto Fino or Tinta del Pais has mutated into a grape that produces significantly more robust, structured wines than those from Rioja. Along with Toro and Priorat, Ribera del Duero wines are some of the biggest red wines from Spain. An apt comparison in style is that Ribera wines show powerful black fruits (blackberries, black currants, black cherries) while Rioja wines express more red fruits (red cherries, wild strawberries, red raspberries) and are a bit softer; Bordeaux as compared to Burgundy. Many Ribera wines that have been exported to the U.S. in quantity have an almost “New World” style (i.e. big, forward fruit and lots of toasty French oak) that has made them easy to understand to wine buyers in the U.S.Toro
Our winery Numanthia's home is in Toro, a celebrated wine region situated in the North West of Spain in the Castilla y León province, close to the Portuguese border. Known for its long-standing winemaking tradition, references to Toro's vineyards go back to the Ancient Roman times, or more than 2,000 years ago, according to historians. During the Middle Ages, wines from Toro were enjoyed all over Spain. In the age of discovery beginning in the early 15th century, Toro's wines were often taken on board Spanish fleets, where its wines were shipped to Spain's colonial outposts in the New World.
In the modern era, the Toro DO (Denominacion de Origen) was created in 1933. Toro's DO is crossed by the Río Duero, which also links such great wine-producing areas as Ribera del Duero, Rueda, and the Porto region of Portugal. Currently, almost 14,000 acres [5,500 hectares] are currently planted with vines in Toro.
Grown since Christians re-conquered the region from the Moors in the late 11th and early 12th century, the DO's principal grape variety is Tinto de Toro (related to Tempranillo). In a climate influenced by the ocean, Toro experiences hot and arid summers and cold winters, with minimal annual rainfall of about 14-to-16 inches [350mm to 400mm]. Toro's best soils for viticulture are composed of very sandy loams on the surface, with moisture-retaining clay below.
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