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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  • 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

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial

  • Acordeon Torrontes Argentina Cafayate Valley 2011


    Highly floral rose bush and sunflower seed aromas with potpourri and cucumber. Tart on the attack and showing some plainness as it flows through the palate with streaks of melon, lemon and pear. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial

  • Avenida 67 Torrontes 2013


    Another good bargain from 67. It is a middle of the road white, not very fruity, or dry, or sweet, or anything really, but pleasant overall. Read More

    Wine review by Slipstream

  • Tomero Torrontes 2012


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    Wine review by QuiLoxx

  • Ah, another weekend has arrived.  We are having beautiful weather out here ... America.  We had a nice Torrontes from Argentina, a Pinot Noir from Chile (the same Casablanca Valley we visited last year in our tour of South America), a Bonarda from Argentina, and finally a Malbec Grand Reserva from Argentina.  They didn't have the regular Malbec... Read More

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  • Cepas Elegidas la Rioja Torrontes 2010


    Fermented in stainless steel at low temperatures with native yeasts and the aromatics are incredible! It felt like a perfect mix of Chard, Viognier, and Pinot Grigio, crisp yet full in the mouth, with beautiful stone and tropical fruits. Read More

    Wine review by mark

  • Filus Torrontes 2013


    very intense nose, then in the mouse fresh and elegant. Best Torrontes I have tasted. Read More

    Wine review by ANDRES BELINSKY

  • 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

    From the article What You're Missing: Turkish Wines

  • 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

  • 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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