Spanish Wineries By Region

Numanthia is located in the Toro region of Spain. Its four vineyards are located along the south bank of the Duero River. The wine is named after a legendary Spanish city that was destroyed (after 20 yrs of resistance) by Roman legions. It is to Spain what the hilltop village of Masada is to Israel: a monument of history. Its 40 hectares of land are covered with an abundance of elements derived from the disintegration of Pliocene grit, clay and limestone. Numanthia Winery's first vintage was produced in 1998 and received a 95-point rating from Robert Parker. Since then, the Toro region has been producing wines that have begun to rival those of Spain's richest wine-producing regions of Ribera del Duero, Rioja and Priorat. The Numanthia estate is situated at Valdefinjas, a small village in the Zamora province. Numanthia Winery was founded in 1998 by the Eguren familly, native of Rioja, in order to create the best wine of the Toro appellation. The award winning Termanthia is the ultimate expression of the best of vineyard plots in Toro with vines that are over 120 years old and at an altitude of 800 meters. The hyper-concentrated fruit produces considerable aromatic complexity and shows tremendous power on the palate with plenty of fleshy roundness and as much elegance and precision as it does intensity. This is a wine that will keep very well, gaining even more complexity in bottle. Bodegas Numanthia exudes the true potential of what Toro wines have to offer. The estate was founded in 1998 by the Eguren family and is now run under the direction of Manuel Louzada. I was able to spend some time with Manuel and learn more about these wines and the region. 2007 Termes: vines are 30-50 years old; lively, nice plummy fruit, tobacco, sandalwood and cinnamon; 2007 Numanthia: vines are 50-120 years old; blackberries, cassis, currants, pencil shavings and black pepper; Numanthia Winery C/ Real s/n 49882 Valdefinjas Zamora Tel: 980 69 91 47 www.numanthia.com