Source: Toro Albala

Source: Toro Albala


Andalucia, Spain

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.