When the D.O. Toro 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 without the need for grafting. The resulting wines are clean, bright and balanced, with the deep, intense colour that is characteristic of the highly regarded wines from Toro.