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 Torrontes Wine

Torrontes is not one but several grape varieties that have been classified together to collectively make up Argentina's signature white wine. The most significant of these are Torrontes Riojano, Sanjuanino and Mendocino – with Riojano being the best and most widely planted. Wines made from Torrontes can range from light and fresh to more heady and perfumed, often expressing spicy, soapy characters and aromas of white flowers.

There is some murkiness surrounding Torrontes' origins – perhaps not surprising given the multiple personalities of the grape. Some suggest the Riojano strain was introduced from Spain (although it takes its name from the Argentine region of La Rioja where it was once widely planted). The Mendocino and Sanjuanino strains (from Mendoza and San Juan respectively) are thought to be indigenous, and both offspring of the Muscat of Alexandria grape variety.

Torrontes
Pre-veraison Torrontes Grapes
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Torrontes thrives in Argentina's famously high-altitude vineyards, and particularly in the Cafayate region of Salta. This region on the edge of the Andes boasts some of the highest vineyards in the world, reaching up to around 10,000ft (3000m) above sea level. Here, dry, desert-like conditions and a significant diurnal temperature shift help bring out the best in Torrontes.

The variety has large berries with thick skins, and ripens early. Its susceptibility to mildew makes it a good choice in the dry, continental terroir of the Andes, where there is little pressure from this kind of disease. The cooler climate here helps with the retention of acidity, but where this is less pronounced, Torrontes-based wines can tend toward high alcohol. The three strains of Torrontes have slightly different characteristics: Riojano is the most expressive, while Sanjuanino is less focused and Mendocino less aromatic. All of these are usually produced in a fresh, crisp style without oak maturation and are best consumed within one or two years of release.

Torrontes has quickly become Argentina's signature white grape variety, and as of 2012 is the second most-planted white grape variety in the country (behind the local Pedro Gimenez grape which is used to make simple table wines for local consumption).

Chile also grows Torrontes grapes – in particular Torrontes Riojano, which is used in the production of Pisco, the country’s national spirit. Uruguay continues the South American theme and makes a small amount of varietal Torrontes wine, while some Californian wineries are also experimenting with the variety.

Spain has its own Torrontes grape, grown in the Galicia region, though it is unclear if this variety bears any relation to the grape grown in South America.

Synonyms include: Torontel, Moscatel de Austria.

Popular blends include: Chardonnay – Torrontes.

Food matches for Torrontes include:
Thai green curry
Grilled scallops or white fish
Goat's cheese with honey and walnut


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We found 294 matches for Torrontes. Click on a name below for details, scores and price history ...
Wine Name
Region 
Popularity
Dominio del Plata Crios de Susana Balbo Torrontes, Cafayate, Argentina Cafayate - Calchaqui Valley $13 2660
Michel Torino Bodega El Esteco 'Don David' Torrontes Reserve, Cafayate, Argentina Cafayate - Calchaqui Valley $15 3898
Andean Vineyards 'Alma Andina' Torrontes, Salta, Argentina Salta $11 6471
Catena 'Alamos' Torrontes, Cafayate, Argentina Cafayate - Calchaqui Valley $10 6684
Alta Vista Classic Reserva Torrontes, Salta, Argentina Salta $11 7581
Bodega Colome Torrontes, Salta, Argentina Salta $13 7664
Familia Zuccardi Santa Julia Tardio, Mendoza, Argentina Mendoza $17 7751
Bodega del Tupun Torrontes, Tupungato, Argentina Tupungato $5 8967
Familia Schroeder Deseado Espumante Dulce Natural, Neuquen, Argentina Neuquen $17 9472
Michel Torino Cuma Organic Torrontes, Cafayate, Argentina Cafayate - Calchaqui Valley $11 9643
Fincas Patagonicas Zolo Torrontes, Famatina, Argentina Famatina $10 10115
Terrazas de los Andes Reserva Unoaked Torrontes, Cafayate, Argentina Cafayate - Calchaqui Valley $18 11628
Bodegas Etchart Privado Torrontes, Cafayate, Argentina Cafayate - Calchaqui Valley $10 12059
O. Fournier Urban Uco Torrontes, Cafayate, Argentina Cafayate - Calchaqui Valley $10 12933
Trapiche Astica Torrontes, Cuyo, Argentina Cuyo $6 13319
Bodegas El Porvenir de Cafayate 'Laborum' Single Vineyard Torrontes, Cafayate, Argentina Cafayate - Calchaqui Valley $17 16108
La Yunta Torrontes, Famatina, Argentina Famatina $10 17580
Trapiche Torrontes, Mendoza, Argentina Mendoza $8 18529
Familia Zuccardi Santa Julia Torrontes, Mendoza, Argentina Mendoza $8 19396
Trivento Tribu Torrontes, Mendoza, Argentina Mendoza $10 20024
Casa Bianchi 'Elsa Bianchi' Torrontes, San Rafael, Argentina San Rafael $10 21246
La Riojana Santa Florentina Torrontes, Famatina, Argentina Famatina $8 21662
Carlos Pulenta Tomero Clasico Torrontes, Cafayate, Argentina Cafayate - Calchaqui Valley $15 24536
Bodegas Santa Ana Casa de Campo Torrontes, Mendoza, Argentina Mendoza $8 24662
Andeluna Cellars Torrontes, Mendoza, Argentina Mendoza $13 24996
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