It's not out of the ordinary to find wines from the Toro region that have been made with grapes harvested from vines that are more than a century old. It's the history of the vines and their resilience that makes Toro wines stand out. The region's most prevalent grape, Tinta de Toro, is a local variant of the tempranillo, which is also the dominant grape in much of Spain.
Wines made from the Tinta de Toro are dark and more tannic. Toro red wines can sit in their bottles and age for several decades, but that doesn't mean they can't be had earlier. If you want a newer bottle of Toro wine, experts suggest that you pair it with lamb or beef roasts.
The Tinta de Toro provides wine with a lot of flavor and tones. They are colorful and strong, and some even say the wines have a jammy taste. Some of the few wines that are not 100 percent Tinta de Toro are a result of blending with Garnacha. A blend with 75 percent Tinta de Toro wine is still accepted by the DO. Another red grape grown in the area is Cabernet Sauvignon, but it cannot be blended with the Tinta de Toro and retain the DO appellation [source: Cellar Tours].
Though Toro is noted for its character-driven red wines, the region does still grow a few varieties of white grapes. These include Malvasia and Verdejo.
You can learn more about other wine regions and the history of wine by following the links below.
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- Parode, Nancy. "Toro: Spain's Up-and-Coming Wine Region." (Accessed 2/14/2009) http://www.intowine.com/toro-spain-s-and-coming-wine-region
- Vinophoria. "Toro." (Accessed on 2/14/2009) http://www.vinophoria.com/wineRegionToro.htm
- Wine Country Getaways. "Tour Spain's Toro Wine Region." (Accessed on 2/14/2009) http://www.winecountrygetaways.com/spain/toro.html