Torrontes is best known as the Argentina's number-one white wine, but the name is actually given to at least five grape varieties. In Argentina, Torrontes is associated with three of these, which all have Muscat of Alexandria as a parent grape. Argentine Torrontes is marked by its floral aromas, which are distinctive of its membership of the extended Muscat family. Its scents are often described as soapy and lightly spicy, with the smell of white flowers.
The different varieties used in Argentina are Torrontes Riojano (the best and most widely planted), Torrontes Sanjuanino (which is less focused than Riojano) and Torrontes Mendocino (which is less aromatic than the other two). The wines are usually produced fresh and crisp without oak maturation and are best consumed within one or two years of release. Mission (Criolla Chica) is the other parent of Riojano and Sanjuanino.
Chile also grows Torrontes grapes, in particular Torrontes Riojano, which is used in the production of the country’s national spirit, Pisco. Uruguay continues the South American theme and makes a small amount of varietal Torrontes wine.
Synonyms include: Torontel, Moscatel de Austria.
Popular blends include: Chardonnay – Torrontes.
Food matches include:
Americas: Pastelito de pollo picante (spicy chicken and cheese pastry)