Although it has achieved worldwide fame in recent decades, thanks to its high quality wines and unique personality, wine of Toro has a great tradition, since its origins predate the settlement of the Romans in the city in the first century BC.
Since Roman times and throughout the twelfth and thirteenth centuries, the wines of Toro were considered an asset of great esteem, having being granted royal privileges which allowed its commercialization in cities where the sale of other wines was forbidden, so, during the kingdom of Alfonso IX, Toro wine was the only foreign wine was allowed to enter the city of Sevilla. It was also the Toro wine that accompanied Christopher Columbus on his discovery of the Americas; so much so that the "La Pinta", one of his three ships, was so named by the toresano Fray Diego de Deza, confessor to Queen Isabel, referring to a measure of capacity that was used in Toro and still today used as a colloquial expression for a drink of wine.
During the nineteenth century is exported in large quantities to Europe, mainly France to address the lack of wine caused by the phylloxera. The invasion of this pest had only affected a small proportion of vineyards in the Toro area.
Throughout history the value of wine from Toro had settled mainly in graduation and corpulence, characteristics that made him a lasting wine, and allowing transport overseas. This explains why up over half of the twentieth century demand based on these qualities, was not conducive to any change in the production of this powerful wine.
Noting this reality, and in the early 70s, and convinced the producers that the high ranking of that Tinta de Toro (Tempranillo) was not intrinsic to the variety but its late harvest, it began to push the first big change in the area: Vintage advancement in nearly a month. It was harvest the grapes at optimum ripeness while graduation was reduced from the 16º-17º until the 13º-14º.
In 1987 the appelation of origin, covers sixteen municipalities in the area, in the provinces of Zamora and Valladolid is approved.
Worldwide recognition of the new Toro wines has made this DO in the spotlight, not only for buyers but also a large number of investors in the wine sector. This is demonstrated by the fact that there are now 51 wineries covered by the DO Toro.
Some of the world's most prestigious wine observers have not hesitated to place Toro among the ten most interesting wine regions of the world in the coming years.