Our Tinta de Toro vines make up approximately 32 hectares divided into 4 subplots with their traditional names: Rompesedas, El Salgadero, Los Lastros, and Las Parvas.
We can proudly say ours are amongst the oldest vines in Spain, with several being over 140 years old.
Since the very beginning, we searched for the oldest and best plots in the area. However, just being old is no guarantee that the vines will produce great wines. They require intense work and painstaking care to extract the best from Nature.
The distance between our vineyard rows must be 3 metres due to the fact that the soil in Toro has very low levels of organic compounds. Replanting is also very important; most of our vines survived phylloxera but still suffer from “Yesca,” a disease that affects the wood of the vine due to fungi, common in the practice of sustainable agriculture with no artificial pesticides. When treatment is not successful, we need to replace those plants to maintain density and ensure a harmonious management in the fields.
Every single grain of soil represents an enigma to be discovered, a hieroglyph that needs to be deciphered.
Only the knowledge acquired over time, the heritage of our ancestors, and scientific innovation will provide us with the code to understand how our soils must be treated.
The soil in Toro is completely different from other regions. It is ideal for low average rainfall, as it is composed of sandy loam and gravel on the surface, with a rocky level below, perfect for drainage.
Several metres underground there is a layer of clay, where water is retained, and our vines’ roots grow deep below to find this life-giving natural reservoir. In some of our plots, we need to encourage this drainage by drilling down through the soil. Frequent ploughing also helps this process as irrigation is forbidden in D.O. Toro.
The number of buds left in each plant and the length of the shoots will clearly determine the future balance between quantity and fruit maturation and also the vigor of the plant. Only experts and indigenous winegrowers are able to interpret all these factors.
We always use natural and organic materials to provide the vine with the nutrients needed. The lower acidity levels in Toro wines are widely known, so we need to closely control ripening. We are among the first wineries in the region to carry out an early harvest.
All of our team, and often friends and family, join us to hand-pick the grapes and carry them in 15-kilo cases. It is a momentous occasion to check on the quality of the vintage every year: how the weather has affected the grapes and the way our agriculture processes have helped improve quality. We invite anyone to come to our winery and experience this!
In Toro, we have an extreme continental climate, with some Atlantic influences. Summers are long and hot, while the winter is cold.
With a total between 350 and 400 mm of rain per year, the rainfall average is light and makes Toro one of the driest winemaking regions in Spain.
The temperatures may vary easily from one extreme to another: ranging from -11°C in Winter (November to March) to 37°C in Summer (June to September). A huge thermal variation is also found between day and night.
Throughout the year, our vineyards receive between 2600 hours to 3000 hours of sunlight.