The Toro Albalá winery began in the heart of the Cordoban countryside in 1922.  Our history begins with the story of a small farmer José María Toro Albalá who had the great idea of keeping aged wines to create wine treasures destined for the most demanding palates and whose family values are still founded on this philosophy today.  Although considered a risk in view of the economic situation at that time, his idea was a great success and Toro Albalá wines are now to be found on the best tables in the world.

“Fino” wines were the most popular wines in the 1930s amongst mainly primary sector Andalusian workers who frequented the local bars.  The “bodega”, or winery, was situated in a former regional power plant, which gave rise to the Andalusian joke that the wine was electric or possessed electricity, hence the famous name “Eléctrico” – still used today – for its “fino” wine.

A generational change in the 1960s at the hands of winemaker Antonio Sánchez was to give the brand an identity of its own.  From then on, its focus was the recovery of the treasures of ageing and the traditions of the wine world.  The founder’s nephew was to bring fresh ideas from his training in Europe as well as enthusiasm for a project of which he had been part since the age of six.

The legacy of this winemaker, never seen without his glasses, is not only the creation of wine masterpieces with a unique style all their own, but also an understanding of viniculture, surrounded by works of literature, archaelogy and paintings, as well as the constant aroma of amontillado casks.  With consistent quality and a classic taste, his specialities are the very pungent amontillados and unsurpassed Don Pedro Ximénez wines.

Toro Albala winery has received awards in recognition of its constancy in the viticulture trade.  Patience bears sweet fruit, something which winemaker Antonio Sánchez knows well, having been dedicated to this trade all his life and he cares for the Pedro Ximénez grapes as if they were his own offspring, grown under the best conditions to ensure sufficient character to take their place at the best tables.  This project has spanned many years, generations in fact.

This is confirmed by the Don P.X. Convento Selección 1946 which was awarded 100 points by wine guru Robert Parker in Wine Advocate magazine. This was a turning point for the Toro Albalá brand as it was the first time a sweet wine had taken part in the Olympus of wines and is a priceless accolade in international and national markets that appreciate a priceless wine.  Nurtured with care since 1946, Don P.X. Convento Selección 1946 comes to our tables today with the flavour of time.