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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  • 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


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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

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  • 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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  • Kaiken Torrontes Terroir Series 2014


    Quite aromatic and floral aromas of pineapple, melon and rose petal with a hint of white pepper. Juicy and full bodied in the mouth, with loads of fresh acidity up front softening in the mid palate and showing flavors of green apple, lemon and an appealingly spicy finish that hints at some wood treatment. Read More

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