Castilla y León, castilla y leon Spain

The Antón family (of Izadi and Finca Villacreces) have also invested in the Toro DO, purchasing 20 hectares of Tinta de Toro (the local name for Tempranillo) vines in 2003. The 25 to 60-year-old, south-facing vineyards are located on sandy and clay soils in Villabuena del Puente.

Growing conditions in this area are extreme, with cold winters, frost, strong winds and hot summers all challenging the viticulturalist. The poor soils and subsequently low yields result in wines with excellent flavour and colour intensity, although high temperatures during the growing season and 3,000 sunshine hours per year can bring high alcohol levels if the vine canopy is not carefully managed.

The ‘Flor de Vetus’ Toro, is 100% Tinto de Toro. It has a deep black cherry colour with expressive aromas of red and black berry fruits and touches of spice from time in American and French oak. It is a fresher, more accessible style of wine, designed to be drunk at an earlier stage than its big brother, the Toro, which spends more time in bottle before release. The Toro is well structured, with the robust tannins that are typical of the DO and bright aromas of red berry fruit, smoke, toast and oak. It is well balanced, with a long, powerful finish. This complexity is in part due to the wine being matured in new, French oak barrels.

The family also own vineyards in Rueda, to the east of Toro. The ‘Flor de Vetus’ Rueda is 100% Verdejo and is sourced from an 80-year-old vineyard that lies at 820 metres above sea level in the cool area of Segovia, giving a crisp and fresh style of white wine.


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