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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  • I have no idea to be honest. But we used to import Torrontes from Mendoza and I've seen a lot of vineyards there. Why not check for sun hours, heat, etc., and see if there's anything you have in common? Or with the vineyards in Spain where it's grown. Read More

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  • It depends on your objective... does that include fine wine, or does it merely reflect an interest in some kind of leafy canopy?  The grapes could, exempli gratia be food for birds.But... my memory of Redding is getting dim, notwithstanding a good memory of Mount Shasta.  The climate may be similar enough to certain altiplano in that country whe... Read More

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  • Welcome Patti,I lived in Redding (1989-1991, first wife was from there).  DM says,  "Redding can get pretty warm"  :)It gets so hot that I remember barely being able to go outside.  We'd spend time down by the river at Lake Redding Park just to trick ourselves into thinking it was a bit cooler!  Are you towards Palo Cedro or Whiskeytown (or Ande... Read More

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  • Do you know anybody at UC Davis?  It seem like that would be a good place ... ... indicates they have some Torrontes, there.This article indicates that somebody is growing it in Lodi.Another article on the same growe Read More

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  • What kind of elevation and exposure? Redding can get pretty warm...Torrontés Riojano? And will you also be making the wine yourself? Read More

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  • I live in northern Ca. where we would like to add Torrontes grapes to our vineyard.Does anyone have any input to the planting...climate,growing or any other thought on the Torrontes grape LOVE it!! Were in Redding. Thank you Pattikake Read More

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  • One more from the "not your everyday chardonnay" - 2011 Bodega ... Urban Uco, an Argentinian torrontes.  This is full of tropical fruit (mango and pineapple) and decent acidity, unfortunately it seems to have a bit of that wet cardboard on the backend. Not totally cooked but just a tad off. Oh well, can't hit home runs at every at bat, kind of... 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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