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Torrontà © Riojano

The white grape comes from South America ( Argentina ) and belongs to the group of so-called Criollas (see the history in detail there). Synonyms are Malvasia, Torrontél, Torrontél Riojano and Torrontés, Despite seemingly indicative synonyms or morphological She may not share similarities with the varieties Moscatel Amarillo. Muscat Blanc. Torrontés Mendocino or those born from the same parents Torrontés Sanjuanino be confused. Most recent in 2013 DNA analysis is a presumably natural cross between Criolla Chica ( Listán Prieto x Muscat d'Alexandrie,

The early-ripening, high-yielding vine is prone to Botrytis and wrong mildew, It produces highly aromatic, acid white wines with pronounced nutmeg and slightly bitter aftertaste, as well as aging potential. These are usually used as a blend with neutral-tasting varieties like Pinot Gris. Torrontés Riojano is the most important of the three Torrontés cultivars grown in Argentina. It was first in the province in 1861 La Rioja, as Mendoza. Rio Negro and San Juan mentioned, where it is still widespread today. In Argentina, it is grown on a total of 7,683 hectares of vineyards. There are also other stocks in the countries Chile (425 ha), Peru (8 ha) and Uruguay, The variety occupied in 2010 a total of 8,115 hectares of vineyards. It is thus worldwide varieties ranking on the rank 84.

Source: Wine Grapes / J. Robinson, J. Harding, J. Vouillamoz / Penguin Books Ltd. 2012

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