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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  • Amalaya Torrontes Riesling 2012


    This is my favourite inexpensive white.Sweet but nicely balanced. Read More

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  • Dona Paula Estate Torrontes 2011


    Interesting torrontes from Argentina. Perfume on the nose, orange/tangerine paraffin (?) on the mid palate, medium to low acid and a short to medium finish. Quite an interesting white wine that may be a bit over the top for some. Read More

    Wine review by vin0vin0

  • Altivo 'Vineyard Selection' Cafayate Valley Argentina Torrontes 2011


    being aged in acacia wood barrels provides this wine with a smooth, somewhat neutral taste and becomes easy to get used to. probably best not to be aerated. Read More

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  • Bodega Colome Torrontes Estate 2013


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  • Laymount 2013


    Light yellow, very aromatic white with tropical fruit, floral notes and ... ... finish and very refreshing (Torrontes 201 Read More

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  • Conquista Torrontés 2010


    This is now one of my favorites. Its a very crisp yet smooth flavor, with extremely pleasant fruit (perhaps pear?) flavor and overtones of honeysuckle - as it seemed to me. I was immediately impressed and do recommend it. Read More

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  • Michel Torino Torrontes Cuma Organic 2012


    This organic Torrontés is more intriguing than most of the examples one finds; the nose is highly aromatic and indeed exotic: the scent of rosewater and even jasmine is evident. On the palate, there is spicy star anise and ginger along with apricot. More serious than most examples, this wine should interest those with a more experimental bent.... Read More

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  • 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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