Bodegas Toro Albalá
Toro Albalá is a family winery with a centennial history where years of know-how have been passed down.
The bodega was set up by grower José María Toro Albalá in 1922 to capitalise on the popularity of Fino with local farm workers.
The winery is located in a former power station at Aguilar de la Frontera, which gave rise to the joke that the wine was electric, their fino is still called “Eléctrico” today.
When enologist and nephew of the founder Antonio Sánchez took over the bodega in the 1960s, he moved its focus toward traditional ageing in a “crianza” system, although wines from Montilla can't call themselves sherry.
Around 30% of their grapes come from their own vineyards and 70% come from partner growers. The soleras in the subterranean tunnels of the old building comprise of approximately 6000 barrels, some of which contain the oldest wines available in Andalucía.
Antonio is not only an expert in the Pedro Ximénez grape but also an expert in the history of his region, and has set up a small museum stuffed with books, paintings and local archaeological findings from the vineyards.