The Toro Albalá winery is situated in the D.O.P. Montilla-Moriles. It forms part of Andalusian´s culture of the production of fino style wines, which is influenced by the typical terrain rich in albarizas, a white chalky soil which enables these unique wines to be produced in the gentle hills of Cordoba´s southern located countryside.

However, there is another feature particular to this Cordoban region and that is the exclusive cultivation of the Pedro Ximénez grape which is used for both fino style and sweet wines.  After the phylloxera pest crisis, Pedro Ximénez is the grape from which both dry and sweet wines are produced.  Its adaptation to the interior climate in these altitudes permits it to thrive in the dry conditions and high temperatures of summer, as shown in Rojas Clemente’s picture of this grape.

Each of these small plots of land is selected for the cultivation, harvesting and production of our different wines.  In the case of “finos”, “amontillados” or Pedro Ximénez sweet wines, these must be in Moriles Altos.  However, some smaller plots in the Montalbán region are used for the sun drying process of the PX grapes.

The Pedro Ximénez grape is grown in the chalky albariza soil found in Moriles Altos or the Aguilar plains. As is typical for this area, the soil is chalky and its wealth of calcium carbonate allows for the retention of high humidity, an excellent quality for a climate which is excessively dry in summer.