Torrontes

Name of varietal: Torrontes (of Argentina, not the unrelated variety from Galicia which is also often referred to as Torrontes)

Common synonyms: Malvasia, Torrontel, Torrontel Riojano

Parentage of the grape: Torrontes is really three closely related grape varieties -- Torrontés Riojano, the most common, Torrontés Sanjuanino, and Torrontés Mendocino. The most important and common one is Torrontes Riojano. All three are the product of a crossing between Muscat of Alexandria and Criolla Chica (Mission).

History of the grape: Torrontes is Argentina’s only truly indigenous grape. One of its parents, Criolla Chica, was probably brought by missionaries. It has become Argentina’s signature white variety.

Characteristics of the grape: Torrontes Riojano is the most distinctive and worthwhile sibling of the three. It is highly aromatic -- floral, spicy, and exotic.

Regions where the grape currently is important: La Rioja and Salta in Argentina

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  • Amalaya Torrontes Riesling Salta 2016

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    Wine review by effell


  • Amalaya makes this 2016 Torrontes/Riesling blend that should prove interesting.  Never had it before but have had Amalaya malbec before and liked it, so why not try.  The 2016 Felino Vina Cobos Chardonnay is the Paul Hobbs effort in Mendoza.  I'm leery of SA chards anyway (Had some less than stellar efforts.) but Hobbs makes good wine so I figur... Read More

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  • As usual the event will be at my house.  South American wines will poured for the most part - and most of those will be from the local area.  What does that mean?  Won't be any high end wines, just wines that are readily available to the people attending - which will be a different group also.This going to a family style backyard bbq, just frien... Read More

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  • Tilia Torrontes Salta Argentina 2016

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    Argentine whites are always a nice floral blend. This one has a good price point. It might make my nose a little stuffy. We'll see. I'd try it again. Read More

    Wine review by connie7899


  • Sometimes we get used to paying upwards of $100 for a nice bottle of wine from the wine shop.  Those are the 'good days' that we want to remember, but soon you notice your bank account is dropping faster than Trumps approval rating, so you start looking for more value-oriented wines that are tasty in their own right.This topic is all about value... Read More

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  • Colomé Torrontes Salta 2014

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    Beautiful pale greenish color. Powerfully fragrant with sutbtle tropical fruits. Perfect acidity. Read More

    Wine review by wenwyia


  • Los Primos Torrontes 2012

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    Wine review by asdfjklasdfjkl


  • Anko Cafayate. Salta Argentina Torrontes 2016

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    seems to be flat and dry and not exemplary of the resplendent torrontes that i have come to appreciate Read More

    Wine review by Pickit4flavor


  • Most sold: GBeck SAfrica Brut Rose N/V, followed by Ramitello DMN, then ... ... the simple Argentine Tilia Torrontes . The 2nd place white tasted.&nbs Read More

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  • Kathy - DV & Richard are giving you good advise and if I could maybe offer ... goes great with Malbec and Torrontes. Dining out at different places that offers wine with their food are a good way to learn other wines - ask the somm or the maitr'd their recommendations.  It's a slow process, but the world of food and wine is fun to explore.&nbs Read More

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