Torrontes: The White Grape of Argentina

July 16, 2009 at 12:04 am (Food Pairing - Torrontes, For the Love of Wine, Torrontes Reviews) ()

If you first tried Torrontes a few years ago, you may have been overwhelmed by Eau de Cologne florals  that quickly fall off to a flat and flabby finish.  We’ve tasted a few recently and we’re impressed with the improved quality of the Torrontes .  While still opening with a strong floral scent, today’s wines seem to have a much crisper texture, with an elegant, medium-weight body and generally have a powerful punch of peach and citrus flavors, similar to Viogniers.  Torrontes is a great sipping or “stand-alone” wine.  It’s terrific with salads, cheeses and grilled/smoked meats and can hold its own against spicy dishes as well.

Could Torrontes be the next Pinot Grigio sensation?   Argentina Vintners (and a few others) would like to think so.  Ambitious wineries are looking to reproduce the Malbec sensation with Torrontes and through some very similar tactics and we’re really excited to watch this market grow.   Again, we love the quality to price point ratio.

Torrontes, the only grape considered indigenous to Argentina, is also the most popular and widely grown white grape in Argentina.  This native  white grape is grown mainly in the provinces of Catamarca, La Rioja, Mendoza, Salta, San Juan and Rio Negro.  Salta produces wines that are less flamboyant, but tend to be more crisp, whilst those from Mendoza are intense and ‘bigger’ wines.

And for a touch of trivia … In Chile, Torrontes grapes are grown primarilly for the production of Pisco. Try ordering a Pisco sour next time you’re our at a nice cocktail bar.  yum.

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