What is Torrontés

Torrontés, which is native to Argentina is a grape variety that is known for producing wines that are distinctive, aromatic, and refreshing.

Torrontés grapes are grown in various regions of Argentina, but it’s mostly grown in the region of Salta where the high altitude and dry climate allows for optimal ripening of the grapes. The wine made from this grape typically exhibits a pale yellow color and has a floral aroma with notes of peach, apricot, and citrus. On the palate, it is dry, with a lively acidity and a pleasant, long finish. The wine can range from light to medium-bodied, depending on the winemaking style.

One of the most distinctive features of Torrontés is its intense aroma, which makes it stand out among other white wine varieties. It is a perfect wine to pair with spicy and flavorful food and also can be enjoyed as an aperitif. It’s a wine that can be enjoyed young and fresh, but also can be aged for a few years, developing more complexity. I highly recommend trying Torrontés for those who are looking for a unique and refreshing wine experience. Its distinctive character makes it a wine that is sure to please even the most discerning palate.

How do you pronounce Torrontés

The correct pronunciation of Torrontés is “tor-ron-tes”.

What is Torrontés also known as

Torrontés is also known by a few other names, depending on the region where it is grown. In Argentina, it is known as Torrontés Riojano and in Chile, it is known as Moscatel Rosado. In the past, it was also been referred to as “Muscat of Argentina” due to its floral and fruity aromas that are reminiscent of the Muscat grape.

What does Torrontés taste like

Taste profile

Medium Acidity, Medium Alcohol, Medium minus body, Medium Sweetness, 

Primary Flavours

Meyer Lemon, Peach, Rose Petal, Geranium, Citrus Zest

Storage & Handling

When it comes to storage and handling of Torrontés wine, it is important to take into consideration the fact that it is a white wine and thus, should be treated accordingly. Here are a few guidelines for storing and handling Torrontés:

Temperature: Keep the wine at a cool temperature, between 42-46°F (6-8°C) is ideal. Avoid storing it in a warm place or in direct sunlight as this can cause the wine to spoil.

Light: Keep the wine away from light, as UV rays can cause the wine to deteriorate.

Humidity: The wine should be stored in a place with a moderate humidity level, around 50-70% is ideal.

Bottle Position: Store the wine horizontally in order to keep the cork moist, preventing the wine from becoming oxidized.

Serving Temperature: Torrontés should be served chilled, between 42-46°F (6-8°C) is ideal.

Decanting: It’s not necessary to decant this wine as it is a young wine that is meant to be consumed fresh, but if you are planning to age the wine for a few years, decanting can help to release the wine’s aroma and flavors.

Opening: Be sure to open the bottle just before serving, as it should be consumed within a few hours of opening, as the wine’s freshness will deteriorate if left open for a long period of time.

By following these guidelines, you can ensure that your bottle of Torrontés will be stored and handled in a way that preserves its quality and allows you to enjoy it at its best.

Food Pairing

What do you pair with Torrontés

This wine, known for its floral and fruity aromas, and dry, crisp acidity, pairs well with a variety of dishes.

One of the best pairings for Torrontés is seafood, such as grilled fish, ceviche, and sushi. The wine’s acidity cuts through the richness of the seafood, enhancing the flavors. Torrontés also pairs well with spicy foods, such as Thai or Mexican cuisine, as its acidity helps to balance the heat of the dish.

Asian cuisine, such as Chinese, Japanese, and Indian, is also a great match for Torrontés, as the wine complements the sweet, sour, and spicy flavors of these dishes. Salads with a citrus-based dressing are also a great pairing for the wine.

Torrontés also pairs well with soft and fresh cheeses, such as Chevre, Camembert, or Brie, as well as nutty and buttery cheeses like Comté or Gouda.

For dessert, Torrontés can be paired with light and fruity desserts, such as a fruit tart or sorbet. It’s a perfect way to end a meal with its refreshing character.

It is important to note that these are general recommendations, and the best pairing is the one that you enjoy the most. As a sommelier, I recommend experimenting with different food and wine combinations to find the perfect match for your personal taste.

Where is Torrontés grown?

This Argentinean grape variety is primarily grown in the region of Salta, where the high altitude and dry climate create ideal conditions for the grapes to ripen to their full potential.

Located in the northwest of Argentina, Salta is known for its extreme altitude, with vineyards situated at elevations of up to 2,500 meters above sea level. This high altitude results in a long ripening period, which allows the grapes to develop complex aromas and flavors. Additionally, the dry climate means that the grapes are not affected by rot, which is common in more humid regions.

While Torrontés is most commonly associated with Salta, it is also grown in other regions of Argentina, such as La Rioja and Mendoza. These regions have their own microclimates and soil characteristics, which can result in variations in the wine’s flavor profile.

It is also worth noting that Chile also grows Torrontés, but it is known as Moscatel Rosado and it is not as common as the Argentinean Torrontés.