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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  • Callia Alta Torrontés San Juan 2014


    Ligth and very fragant. Honey hint, passion fruit. Good acidity. Read More

    Wine review by eyetalian

  • Sara - A decent less expensive way might be to consider Vinho Verdes from ... ...     Also the Torrontes from Argentina is a wonderful white that is light, fruity and a blast. Same price range as the above.                                                                      Best of luck - Pa Read More

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  • Hello All,I am hosting a baby shower for my sister. It will be all women. I am not much of a drinker myself and would like some input. I will be giving out 7 prizes throughout Brunch, and each prize will come with a bottle of wine or champaign. What would be a good prize? Also, since Im purchasing 7 of them, I'd like to keep it under $200.00. Th... Read More

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  • Colome Torrontes 2014


    Binny's 3/2016. Read More

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  • Today I bought a bottle of Callia Alta Torrontés. I love the aromatic ... quality and freshness that Torrontes wines have, even the cheap one Read More

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  • Blackcabra Mendoza Argentina Torrontes 2012


    Wine Sellers of Saugatuck, 10/15. Should have been better. Not bad, but not even close to as good as I have had for the equivalent price point. Buying from a small retail wine shop you expect better than a supermarket. Not always do you get what you expect. Read More

    Wine review by raindance

  • Crios de Susana Balbo Torrontes 2014


    Another option for a full bodied white wine. Great choice for turkey. If you ... or viognier you will like torronte Read More

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  • Anko Tottontes 2013


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  • Callia Bodega Alta Chardonnay Torrontes Blend Weiss San Juan Valle Tulum 2010


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  • Alamos Torrontes 2014


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