Bodegas Castillo Monte la Reina
Created in 1987, the Toro Denomination of Origin has a great tradition; being today one of the Denominations of Origin with more national and international recognition. The origins of Toro wines predate the settlement of the Romans and have a great tradition. Thus, in the Middle Ages they were wines of great reputation, so they had the royal privilege of being able to market them in cities where the sale of other wines was prohibited. Also during this time the ships of the navigators who discovered America were filled with these wines, prohibiting from Seville other wines that were not from Toro. One of the characters who played an important role in the discovery of America was Fray Diego de Deza. Fray Diego de Deza was born in Toro in 1443. He became bishop of Zamora and archbishop of Seville and confessor to Queen Isabel la Católica. It is said that this illustrious Toresano was a friend of Christopher Columbus and defender of his ideas, which is why he acted as a mediator between him and the Catholic Monarchs to help him in his purpose of undertaking the journey to America. As a good man from Tores and a connoisseur of Toro wine (wines with corpulence and graduation that makes them very durable), many historians agree that it was he who gave the name "La Pinta" to one of the 3 Columbus caravels, making reference with that name to a measure of wine used at the time. In addition, the wine that traveled in the wineries of the caravels was from Tores, so it can be said that the first wine that arrived in America was from Toro. During the 19th century, Toro wine was exported in large quantities to France to make up for the lack of wine caused by the phylloxera plague. With the arrival of phylloxera, Europe lost a large amount of vineyard, however Tinta de Toro knew how to defend itself. Vineyards settled on hard and stony soils that made the phylloxera unable to proliferate in Toro made this area become a wine exporting region. This is why Toro has some of the oldest centuries-old vineyards in Europe today. And if we can boast of anything in the Toro Denomination of Origin, it is our queen variety, the Tinta de Toro. Although studies reveal that Tinta de Toro shares a genetic code with Tempranillo, the truth is that it is the perfect adaptation of a variety to its environment and has differentiating characteristics. What is known as a ‘noble grape’: an ideal variety for making monovarietal wines, resistant to adverse weather conditions and highly suitable for aging. Tinta de Toro is defined by having a thicker skin than the rest of the wine varieties, which acts as a powerful protector against oxidation and which provides great intensity of color, a wide aromatic range and a lot of structure; characteristics of a good wine. The Toro Denomination of Origin includes the provinces of Zamora and Valladolid. Watered by the Duero River, the production area includes twelve municipalities in the province of Zamora and three in Valladolid, with the town of Toro as the center of the denomination. The altitude of the vineyards is between 600 and 750 meters, the soils are brown with a sandy texture, poor in organic matter and low in mineral salts. The climate is continental and rainfall ranges between 350 and 400 mm per year. Back in the 11th century, the Crown of Castile granted the town of Toro (Zamora) the privilege of exploiting the riches of a mountain. A gesture through which the fidelity of the Toresans with the Crown was thanked. The farm, located in the valley of the Duero, was named from then on: Monte la Reina. Already in the 19th century when the 1st Count of Villapadierna, Felipe Padierna de Villapadierna y Muñiz, built a magnificent neo-Gothic palace whose structure currently houses the Rural Inn of our winery. At another point of the extensive estate, on the hillside, the modern facilities designed by the architect Jesús Juárez and that house our winery are embedded. 350 hectares of own vineyard from which we obtain the grapes (Tinta de Toro and Verdejo) to make all our wines.
Verdejo is the typical variety of grape of Toro region for white wines. This wine has the fresh acidity typical of white dry wines and the time of oak barrel fermentation provides the structure typical of a red wine. It is a surprising wine!
Perfect complement to white fish, seafood and rice dishes.
Aged between 5-7 months in French oak barrels.
Cuvée Privée is a red wine from vineyards older than 40 years. The grape, tinta de toro, gives character and structure to wine, specially due their late harvest. It is aged during 14 months in caucasian and french oak barrels.
At table, it combines perfectly with rocky fish, meat, semicured cheeses and hunted meats, It is ideal also to drink with desserts chocolate based.
Service temperature: 16-18ºC
Bottle: 75 cl.
Our first wine degustation session. This time, virtually. ZOOM
Date: March 5th, 19h30 estonian time, friday
Wine to be tasted: Cuvée Privée Monte la Reina red wine
Wine Expert: Miss Teresa Folgado, Monte La Reina Vineyard's Commercial Manager
Included: 1 bottle of the selected wine and the virtual course. The transport is free over 50€ purchases
ZOOM meeting Code and password will be delivered by mail to registered customers ones week before.
100% Tinta de Toro grape variety, this wine is a Reserva (14 months aging in new french oak barrels), and the grapes which it is made are selected from centenary vineyards only (pre philoxera)
It is ideal with red meats, iberian sausages, creamy soups and/or cured cheeses.