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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  • Crios Crios Torrontes 2013


    This wine is boldly floral. It's a perfect wine for white fish or shellfish. It will stand up to a little spice or umami from capers and mushrooms. Read More

    Wine review by ncmathsadist

  • Turkish wines aren’t exactly at the forefront of our collective fine wine ... ... it will remind many of Torrontes or Riesling on the nose, and the vibrant citrus, acidity, and toastiness on the palate will conjure comparisons to Spanish white wines.Diren Karmena Red Blend 2011 (Tokat/Western Northern Anatolia, $14) Diren was founded in the la... Read More

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  • Colomé Torrontés 2014


    I bought a case of this on a hunch. It is not bad white wine but it is not great white wine. Read More

    Wine review by anstett

  • Crios Torrontes 2011


    Excellent for the price. Full-bodied, not oaky (no bite). Pair with fish, poultry or pork. Read More

    Wine review by plenger

  • Thanks for all your imput! We already have a winery but want to add Torrontes! I think it will do great! Tempranillo loves it here! Yes Reding is hot but when you've been here for 40+ years you get use to it! Beautiful place to live if you love the outdoors, mountains, streams, lakes, hiking, kayaking, skiing etc. and Read More

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  • Where you drink wine can be important. An overheated or too noisy room or city ... from Chile. But there was a Torrontes from Argentina.   Photo Credit: Wines of Chi Read More

    From the article Wine Where the World Began

  • Pisano Rio de Los Pajaros Reserve Torrontes 2011


    Very floral nose with some spice hintcinnamon? Very refreshing, slightly tart with lots of green apple and, again some spiciness that almost makes me think Gewurztraminer. Very nice, again, spicy aftertaste. Read More

    Wine review by EMark

  • Yup, we're on the same page lately, v v.  Not as hard to get as a ... ... ... but we're having a Torrontes from Uruguay, tonight. Add a lot of flowery nose and this one has a lot of similarity to the Txakolina that v v reported.  Very refreshing green apple, but, then, also, some spiciness that almost suggests Gewurztraminer.  Spiciness linge... Read More

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  • Darren--'09 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon, '11 Block 28 Zin and ... ... enjoyed.  Peggy ordered Torrontes by the glass, Erica ordered a glass of Chardonnay and a glass of Tempranillo.  The small plates were pretty darned good.  We started with a cheese platter and a cured meats platter--hard to mess those up.  Then we ordered three plates of ... Read More

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  • Santa Julia Torrontes Mendoza 2013


    Light aromas of honeydew melon, lemon and dried papaya. Palate is a bit brighter than the muted aromas, showing more lemon, tangerine, peach cobbler and a creamy vanilla finish. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial

  • Torrontes is an exceptional white wine quite unlike other European white varietals. It's nose has very floral notes, with roses and some stone fruit. Its mouthfeel is very balanced, quite dry but with a richness and a fine bouquet. The other week I drank Quara Torrontes from Felix Lavaque Cafayate Valley, Salta Argentina( which from what I'v...

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