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Numanthia

  • Numanthia is situated in north western Spain's Castilla y León region, close to the Portuguese border. The heart of the region and home to the vineyards is Toro, a region of long standing winemaking tradition going back to ancient Roman times. It 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.

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  • The name of the estate evokes the city of Numancia, renowned in antiquity for its resistance to Roman occupation. Assailed by Scipion's legion in 134 BC, the inhabitants of Numancia resisted heroically and preferred to die rather than surrender.

    Numancia thus stands for Tenacity & Resistance, also characteristic of the Toro vineyards, which have survived both extreme climatic conditions and the ravages of phylloxera.

    During the Middle Ages, wines from Toro were enjoyed all over Spain, and were even taken on board Spanish fleets to the New World.

    The Toro DO (Denominacion de Origen, a set of national laws that outline and regulate delimited regional and site-specific wine-growing appellations) was created in 1987 with just four wineries. Now, in the Toro DO, there are over forty wineries and over 1200 registered wine growers, and 5,500 hectares (14,000 acres) currently under vine – one third of Napa's 43,000 acres.

    The Numanthia estate is situated at Valdefinjas, a small village of 100 in the region of Toro. Numanthia was founded in 1998 by the Eguren family, native of Rioja, with the sole aim of producing the best wine from Toro.

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  • Toro is a place of long-standing wine-making traditions, as the vineyards go back to ancient Roman times.
    The best soils for viticulture are composed of very sandy loams on the surface, with moisture-retaining clay below. The roots can thus easily work their way down to cooler depths that contain moisture and nutrition that are seriously lacking in such arid conditions on the surface. This type of soil, and the hot summer, produces ideal ripening conditions for grapes. The diversity of local soil composition adds to the wines' complexity: for example, vines whose soils have higher clay content will show greater fruit intensity, whilst those on sandy and gravelly soils will have more body and structure.


    The Toro meso-climate is continental with an oceanic influence. With an average rainfall of only nine-to-12 inches (350 to 400 mm) per year, the region is very dry and at the limit of what is possible for non-irrigated vines. These could not survive without the humidity retained in the layers of clay in the sub-soil. The summer months are hot by day and cool by night, with thermal variations that are often greater than 20°C (68°F). Winter months are very cold. These extreme conditions produce grapes of exceptional quality.

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  • Toro wines are made from a single grape variety specific to the region called "Tinta de Toro" - which is part of the Tempranillo family and is a pre-phylloxeran massal selection that is specific to this region. In Toro they believe this grape may be Spain's original variety, with Tempranillo in Rioja having sprung from it. Tinta de Toro is one of the darkest of all red grapes.



    In the sandy soils of the region, "Tinta de Toro" is resistant to Phylloxera – one of the only places in Europe to have survived the blight. What is extremely rare in Europe is for these vines to be ungrafted and to have naturally resisted Phylloxera for over 140 years.

    Numanthia is a patchwork of over 200 tiny plots (pagos) at average altitude of 2,300 feet. These are low density vineyards that survive without irrigation. The winery owns 121 acres close to the village of Valdefinjas, in Toro (south of Zamora) among which:
    - 50 of those acres host vines that are aged 70 -100 years.
    - an exceptional plot of 12 acres in Argujillo named Teso los Carriles, with vines over 120 years old; the vineyard’s name in rough translation is "Road on the Hill". This is where the grapes for the Termanthia wine are grown.

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  • The foundation of the Numanthia range is the production and selection of the best grapes from the Toro terroir. Grapes from low-yielding old vines - many 50 years and older - are hand-picked at optimal ripeness and concentration.

    Winemaking then consists of extracting their full potential, particularly the intense fruit flavors that are typical of the Tinta de Toro grape, as well as structure and elegance.

    This approach is common to the all wines produced, each having its own particular style.

    The Termanthia comes from one of the only pre-phylloxera vineyards in Europe, and is approximately 120 years old. The grapes are hand de-stemmed, one berry at a time, crushed by foot and fermented in a traditional oak container.




    Numanthia - Termes
    Termes shows Toro's quintessential fruit: Ripe but fresh, with velvety texture and lively structure, this wine leaves a general impression of balance and elegance.


    Numanthia - Numanthia
    Numanthia is the estate’s signature wine and uses the best grapes from the appellation. The winemakers aim to reveal and magnify the natural quality of fruit harvested at perfect maturity. The result is glorious fruit flavours and very complex aromas. Solidly built, with tannins that are both clear-cut and well integrated, Numanthia shows both power and precision.


    Numanthia - Termanthia
    The award winning Termanthia is the ultimate expression of the best of vineyard plots in Toro with vines that over 120 years old and at an altitude of 800 meters. The hyper-concentrated fruit produces considerable aromatic complexity and shows tremendous power on the palate with plenty of fleshy roundness and as much elegance and precision as it does intensity. This is a wine that will keep very well, gaining even more complexity in bottle.

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