Spanish Wineries By Region

During the 1970´s, Manuel Fariña was the first to understand that change was necessary if the Spanish Wine DO Toro was to survive. He strongly believed that such high levels of alcohol were not a characteristic of the Tinta de Toro varietal but were simply the result of unneccesary late harvesting. Manuel instigated the region´s first major change– he brought the harvest forward by almost a month. He endeavoured to find the perfect point of ripeness (sugars and polyphenols) which he discovered was around the 3rd – 4th week of September. The result was a reduction in alcohol from 16%- 17% to a much softer 13-13,5%. Such changes brought about the official creation of the Spanish Denomination of Origin TORO in 1987. A new and exciting era was born and Manuel Fariña was voted the first president of the regulating body which was comprised of only 6 wineries. Rarely has one name been so linked to one region. Founded in 1942, this premium family wine estate, Bodegas Fariña Winery, is well acknowledged as the founding father of the Spanish Wine DO Toro region. Bodegas Fariña Winery's 100% commitment to quality, pioneering efforts, respect for the terroir and the unparalleled knowledge and belief in the region´s varietal Tinta de Toro has helped them gain the reputation as one of the premium producers of Toro wines. At the helm of Bodegas Fariña Winery is second generation Manuel Fariña, a key figure in the Spanish wine industry. Following his considerable winemaking studies, he returned to the Toro Spanish Wine DO region with new ideas and new technology and single handely converted the rustic backwater region of Toro into a fine wine making region following the reduction of alcohol by changing the centuries old tradition of starting the harvest on the 12th October, introduction of stainless steel and temperature controls. With Bernardo Fariña, the third generation of Fariña winemakers, currently leading the Bodegas Fariña Winery winemaking team, the efforts of the past are set to continue well into the future. Bodegas Fariña Winery wines are defined by elegance and restrained tannins while maintaining all the terroir and varietal characteristics. A real understanding and respect of the terroir and varietal show through in every single Fariña wine. Bodegas Fariña Winery Address: Camino del Palo, s/n, 49800, Toro, Zamora Tel: +34 980 577 673 Fax: +34 980 577 720 Email: Web: