Torrontes Riojano

Definition - What does Torrontes Riojano mean?

Torrontés Riojano is one of three types of Torrontés wine grapes and is a white wine grape variety native to Argentina. Considered the most flavorful and expressive of the three types of Torrontés, Torrontés Riojano is characterized by producing aromatic wines with a smooth well rounded mouthfeel and a refreshing acidity. Argentina's other Torrontés grapes are Torrontés Sanjuanino and Torrontés Mendocino.

WineFrog explains Torrontes Riojano

A highly productive vine, Torrontés Riojano is widely planted throughout Argentina and is considered one of the country’s most popular white wines. Producing loose bunches of large, pale grapes, Torrontés Riojano flourishes in the dry high-altitude vineyards of Argentina and produces highly aromatic grapes. With aromas similar to Gewurztraminer and Muscat, this cross between Criolla Chica and Muscat of Alexandria grapes accounted for 20% of white wine sales in Argentina in 2008. Wines made with Torrontés Riojano are best drunk young and express aromatic floral and white stone fruit flavors along with a defined minerality, these high-alcohol wines are smooth and well rounded with a medium to full body.

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