“Bodegas Sobreno was established by a collective of winemakers at the end of the 1990s, the winery located just a couple of minutes’ drive outside the town of Toro. They farm over 80 hectares of disconnected parcels of vine of which over half are in excess of 30 years old, augmented by another 90 hectares from contracted growers. The three wines I tasted were all excellent in quality – clean, very well-balanced, well-crafted, and fruit-laden without depriving them of personality and typicity.” – Neal Martin on Finca Sobreño, Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate, April 2013
When the Toro DO was created in 1987, Roberto San Ildefonso from Rioja was one of only a handful of winemakers who saw the region’s true potential. His winery, Finca Sobreño, was one of the first ten wineries in the new denomination, which today includes over 50 producers. Settled in central Spain, along the shores of the Duero River, the region is best known for red wines made from Tinta de Toro, an indigenous Tempreanillo clone. Garnacha, Verdejo, Tempranillo, and Malvasia are planted too. The soil is unusually resistant to phylloxera, such that some vineyards are home to vines that are over 150 years old.
Finca Sobreño’s first vintage in 1998 earned acclaim, and the winery became known as “the new star of the Douro.” It sits among 24 hectares of vineyards, but owns a total of 80, including 25 hectares of Certified Organic vines. These vineyards have an average age of 30 years, and many vines are prephylloxera, meaning they are planted directly on their own native rootstock without the need for grafting. The resulting wines are clean, bright, and balanced, with the deep, intense colour that is characteristic of Toro’s most highly regarded wines.