The name Torrontés is used to refer to a number of different white grape varieties in Argentina, Spain and Portugal. Best known is the Torrontés Riojano variety, often referred to simply as Torrontés.
Torrontés Riojano is the most common variety, considered to be a national speciality in Argentina. In fact, it is one of the country’s most widely-planted white grape variety. Torrontés Riojano is a natural cross between Muscat of Alexandria and Criolla Chica, the latter better known as Mission in California. These wines are very aromatic and have naturally high acidity.
At their worst, Torrontés Riojano wines can be overly alcoholic, bitter, rough on the palate and lacking in acidity. The best Torrontés Riojano has intense aromatics of fruity and floral notes, are rich and medium-bodied and have balanced acidity. The high-altitude vineyards of the Salta province in northern Argentina are home to some of the best expressions of the grape, with the Cafayate region making particularly great wines. Producers in Mendoza and elsewhere also make exemplary Torrontés Riojano wines. These varieties are also found in La Rioja (not to be confused with Spain’s Rioja) and San Juan.
There are at least two other grapes in Argentina that bear the Torrontés name.
The first, Torrontés Sanjuanino, is grown in the San Juan province and in Chile, under the name Moscatel de Austria. Plantings of this variety are less significant than those of Torrontés Riojano, however, like Torrontés Riojano, Torrontés Sanjuanino is also a natural cross of the Muscat of Alexandria and Criolla Chica varieties. It is less aromatic, though both varieties are considered to show some Muscat-like aromas.
The second is Torrontés Mendocino, whose plantings are even smaller again. Torrontés Mendocino is most significant in the Río Negro province. It also counts Muscat of Alexandria as a parent, though its other parent is unknown. It does not have the Muscat-like aromas common to the other two Torrontés varieties.
In Spain alone, there are at least four individual grape varieties to whom the Torrontés name is applied. They can be found in the regions of Extramadura, Montilla-Moriles, Navarra and Ribeiro. In Portugal, Torrontes is a commonly-encountered synonym for many different wines.
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Colomé 2019 Estate Torrontés (Salta)OtherAromas of lemon, lime and pastry dusted with powdered sugar lead to ...See Full Review$15
Passionate Wine 2018 Via Revolucionaria Brutal Torrontés (Mendoza)Mendoza ProvinceA tan-orange color and aromas of grape skins, gardenia and bath soap ...See Full Review$26
Amalaya 2019 White (Salta)OtherCitrus, lychee and tropical fruit aromas come mostly from the 85% Torrontés ...Best BuySee Full Review$11
Anko 2019 Torrontés (Salta)OtherLime, honeydew and lychee aromas are typical of the variety and lead ...See Full Review$13
El Porvenir 2019 Amauta Absoluto Torrontés (Cafayate)OtherThis straw-colored Torrontés opens with a tropical bouquet led by lychee, melon ...See Full ReviewN/A
Mendoza Vineyards 2019 Torrontés (La Rioja)OtherLight, floral aromas include a note of lychee. On the palate, this ...Best BuySee Full Review$10
Caligiore 2019 Grazioso Torrontés (Mendoza)Mendoza ProvinceMelony aromas don't make much of a statement, while this feels round ...See Full Review$13
Casir Dos Santos 2018 Maipe Chardonnay (Mendoza)Mendoza ProvinceThis Chardonnay smells outright tropical, with lychee and floral aromas. A round, ...See Full Review$16
Domingo Molina 2017 Torrontés (Cafayate)OtherStalky, oily aromas are that of a Torrontés that's quickly aging and ...See Full Review$22
Casir Dos Santos 2018 Maipe Torrontés (Mendoza)Mendoza ProvinceA woolly aroma of lanolin sits atop familiar scents of pineapple, lychee ...See Full Review$16
Caligiore 2018 Cuatro Vacas Gordas Torrontés (Mendoza)Mendoza ProvinceMuddled, yeasty aromas lack freshness and clarity, while this feels oily despite ...See Full Review$13
Nampe 2019 Natural Expression Torrontés (Mendoza)Mendoza ProvinceMatchstick and oily sulfur aromas carry the nose, while the palate is ...See Full Review$8
Terrazas de Los Andes 2018 Reserva High Altitude Vineyards Torrontés (Argentina)OtherA blast of sulfur and matchstick covers bland aromas of melon and ...See Full Review$19
Pisano 2019 Río de los Pájaros Reserve Torrontés (Progreso)UruguayLychee, lemon-lime and pineapple aromas are strong at first but lose steam ...See Full Review$15
Areyna 2019 Torrontés (Cafayate)OtherLean pine-scented aromas are mild, while this Cafayate Torrontés is round and ...See Full Review$15
Santa Julia 2019 [+] Torrontés (Mendoza)Mendoza ProvinceTypical Torrontés aromas of lychee and melon set up a palate with ...See Full Review$12
Zolo 2019 Sustainably Farmed Estate Grown and Bottled Torrontés (Mendoza)Mendoza ProvincePineapple, pine-sap and basic tropical-fruit aromas are easy to identify as Torrontés, ...See Full Review$11
Tercos 2018 Torrontés (Mendoza)Mendoza ProvincePowdery tropical-fruit aromas are chunky and flat. So is the palate on ...See Full Review$14
Caligiore 2018 Grazioso Torrontés (Mendoza)Mendoza ProvinceBland aromas are slightly melony, while this is fleshy and devoid of ...See Full Review$13
Argenses 2018 Winemakers Classic Block #18 Torrontés (La Rioja)OtherAromas of pineapple and lychee are matched by oiliness, a common trait ...Best BuySee Full Review$13
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