It is located at the western end of the region Castilla y León between Valladolid and Zamora, 250 km northwest of Madrid.
Stretching on a plateau at 650 to 750 metres altitude, these soils are easy to work with, they are hot and they make the ripening process easier.
Owing to its composition (sand and clay), the phylloxera did not reach the area, and we still can see vines planted on ungrafted (without American grafting). The structure of the soil allows the deep penetration of the vine roots, remedying the lack of water. The area has a continental and arid climate, extreme cold, a high level of sunlight, low levels of humidity, wide temperature ranges (day-night in August and September), and all this facilitates the exceptional quality of the grape.
- In the Middle Ages Toro wines were considered high-quality products, having Royal privilege and having monopoly on sales in the biggest cities.
- Toro wines took part in the discovery of America, chosen by Christopher Columbus owing to its conservation qualities during the journey because of its tannin concentration and its alcoholic strength.
- In the 19th century there was a major export to France because of the phylloxera crisis.
- On 29th May 1987 the Apellation of Origin was granted.