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Divina Proporción

Camino del Cristo s/n (Junto a la ermita del Cristo), 49800 Toro, Zamora, Spain

Let's Meet Divina Proporción Bodegas

From the window of the Divina Proporción winery you can look up and see 12th-century La Colegiata church in central Toro. La Colegiata presides over the valley below where vines originally planted by the Romans are cultivated. Toro's sandy soils prevented the phylloxera pest from taking root, literally, and damaging vines. They are planted "pie franco" that is to say, without having been grafted. Proprietor Máximo San José de la Rosa has always had a close relationship with his vines, both the 15 hectares that he owns and the 15 or so hectares of grapes he purchases. These vineyards lie at between 600-900m (1,969-2,953ft) above sea level and in the summer months face day-to-night temperature changes of nearly 30°C and scarcely any rain. This is typical for the local tinta de toro variety. But Máximo does not like typical. Read on…

His style moves away from the classic Toro wine that was dominated by chewy, dry tannin and 15+% alcohol. His wines are fresh and bright due to shorter skin-contact time, lower temperature-controlled fermentations and the sandy soils in which the grapes grow. Máximo reminds us that of the 15 own-hectares, the vines come mainly from Pago de la Jara--a renowned estate outside of Toro where the soil is poor and full of small rocks and pebbles, which forces the root to reach down into the subsoil in search of nutrients. The resulting fruit is full of polyphenols, very concentrated and with a very healthy skin. The other vineyards are planted in Pagos Valdeví and Palo, which are sandy soils giving a fresher wine with touches of floral.


Viticulture / Vinification

Organically farmed.

All vines are "en vaso", bush-style Harvested by hand in 15-kg crates, arrive at vineyard within hours at most.

Low pressure, traditional pumps; free-run juice only.

All wines are fermented in stainless steel for 10-15 days.

All wines aged in 300 oak barrels, a third of which are purchased new every year.

All wines are vinified separately.

Finished wines are bottled unfined and unfiltered.

No commercial yeasts used, only those naturally occurring on grape skin at harvest.