The vineyards we work are located within the D.O. Toro, mainly in the two main areas of San Román de Hornija and Morales de Toro.
The Toro Denomination of Origin is located in the extreme west of the region of Castilla y León, the wine production area being the southeast of Zamora and southeast of Valladolid.
Almost 100% of the Algil vineyards are planted with free-standing vines, a type of vineyard that is not grafted, thus giving the grapes the highest quality and making our wine different, exclusive and recognisable to taste and touch.
Vines planted in bush vines and with low planting densities. With very low annual rainfall, the vines are subjected to a controlled water stress that forces the plants to give their best, which is one of the secrets of Toro.
A surviving vineyard, forced to grow in extreme circumstances, forced to develop in extreme conditions, which develops a raw material of extraordinary quality.
This unirrigated area combines vines ranging in age from 25 years old for the youngest vines to 110 years old for the oldest vines.
Located in the easternmost part of the Toro D.O., at an altitude of 700m, and crowning the top of the moor, are the vineyards of San Román.
A vineyard sheltered and surrounded by a mountain of pines and holm oaks in which the quaternary soils are the main protagonists. Sands and large boulders, unique in the Toro area, sit on a nutrient-poor substrate that gives our grapes unique characteristics.
The vineyard is divided into three plots totalling just 4 hectares of ungrafted vines. An ancestral heritage of one of the few areas in Europe that avoided phylloxera in the 19th century.
At Algil we have half a hectare of this gift of nature: a pre-phylloxera vineyard of about 110 years old that gives a distinctive character to our raw material.
The traditional Tinta de Toro is predominant in the Cuesta de la Majada and Los Quemados plots, although we also find here one of the few Garnachas in the area, which is used entirely for one of our most innovative proposals: Algil Garnacha, our 100% single varietal Garnacha de Toro.
Parcela la Majada
Vineyard of 1 hectare of about 55 years old, planted by my grandfather Pepe. It is surrounded by holm oak and pine trees and located in the area of the “majada”, hence its name. Soil of pebbles and sand, grape variety Tinta de Toro and a little Garnacha.
Parcela los Quemaos
Older vineyard about 110 years old with an area of 0.5 ha (about 500 vines), planted by my father-in-law’s ancestors. It is 3 km from the Majada plot, on a plateau above the village of San Román de Hornija. Area where the soils no longer have that amount of pebbles, they are sandy and the peculiarity is some underground clays that help to keep the humidity in the dry summers, the variety is Tinta de Toro.
– José Ortega y Gasset
At an altitude of around 700 metres and barely 6 kilometres from the vineyards of San Román, the bulk of our plots are located.
15 hectares established in the locality of Morales de Toro that sits on silty/sandy soils with underground clays that work as sustenance for the hot and dry summers of the area.
Most of our Morales de Toro vineyards are planted on ungrafted vines and have an average age of around 50 years, reaching 70 years in some of the plots.
As in San Román, Tinta de Toro is the predominant variety, but here we find another varietal that is becoming increasingly popular among the great winemakers in the area: Malvasía.
The plots of El Manjano and La Hoyada give their name to a vineyard destined to draw the purest interpretation of our wines.
Parcela el Manjano
This plot is a group of vineyards between 23 and 70 years old, with a surface area of 8 hectares, where the Tinta de Toro and Malvasía varieties can be found. This vineyard belongs to my uncles, winegrowers par excellence. It is located a few kilometres from the village of Morales de Toro in a low area of limestone sands and silt with white clay clays.
Parcela la Hoyada
Small plot of land of almost 1Ha, about 70 years old, located on the way between Morales and Toro. Also from the property of my grandparents. 100% Tinta de Toro vineyard with sandy soils and grey clays from sedimentation.