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Coral Duero

Bodegas Coral Duero was founded in 2003 by Jesús Fernández, a visionary who works in the marine industry, without a wine background, but had the dream of producing the best wine in Toro. To this end, he bought more than 30 hectares of the oldest vines and built a modern and efficient plant, investing in the latest technology and surrounding himself with experts in the sector. The first harvest took place in 2005 and the results came quickly. Coral Duero received its first recognitions in 2008, a gold medal and 93 Parker points in 2017 for the wines produced under the name "Rompesedas". 

In 2019, Jesús decided to retire but his dream lives on. GHI Holdings Limited took over the company in July. A group of wine enthusiasts who share his passion for wine and for his heritage. The team is a young dynamic group of wine experts with a great understanding of the wine market and its requirements.

The name Coral Duero was given to the vineyard by the founder Jesús Fernández, with a reference to his maritime background. The name has been retained as it honors the river Duero which divides the Toro region and gives life to the vines. Every single bottle they produce, every brand they market represents the deep respect they feel for its history. Extremely old vines, hand-harvested in small boxes, strict selection and the best technology to produce wines that preserve the character, personality and tradition of Toro.

Their vineyards of Tinta de Toro form about 32 hectares divided into four sub-levels with their traditional names: Rompesedas, El Salgadero, Los Lastros and Las Parvas. They can proudly say that they have some of the oldest vines in Spain, several are at least 130 years old. Just being old, however, is no guarantee that the vines will produce fantastic wines. They require intensive work and careful care to get the best from nature. When it comes to planting, the frame distance must be 3 meters because the ground in Toro is so poor, other experiments have so far proved ineffective. Replanting is also very relevant. Most of their vines survived phylloxera but still suffer from the so-called "jaca", a disease that affects the vine wood due to fungi, common in the practice of sustainable agriculture when not using artificial pesticides. When the treatments do not succeed, they must be replaced to maintain the density and to ensure a harmonious management of the fields.

Only the experience gained through the ages, the legacy of their ancestors and science will give them the code to understand how their land must be treated. The soil in Toro is completely different from others, perfect for low average rainfall areas. It basically consists of sandy clay and gravel on the surface, below it is rocky. This allows for perfect drainage. Several meters underground there is a layer of clay. Where the drained water is retained. The roots of the vines penetrate deep to find this life-giving natural container. Sometimes, in some plots, they have to improve drainage by drilling through the soil. Frequent plowing also helps this process as irrigation is prohibited in the DO Toro district.