The white grape variety comes from South America ( Argentina ) and belongs to the group of so-called Criollas (see the history there in detail). Synonyms are Moscatel de Austria, Moscatel Romano, Moscatel Sanjuanino, Moschato Austrias, Torrontél Sanjuanino and Torrontés, Despite apparently indicative synonyms or morphological similarities, it is not allowed with the varieties Moscatel Amarillo. Torrontés Mendocino or from the same parents Torrontés Riojano be confused. According to last done in 2006 DNA analysis is a cross between Criolla Chica ( Listán Prieto ) x Muscat d'Alexandrie, The medium-ripening vine is susceptible to Botrytis, It produces white wines with a subtle nutmeg, The variety is mainly in the eponymous region San Juan, but also La Rioja and Mendoza cultured. The Argentinean acreage totals 2,048 hectares. In Chile it is grown as Moscatel de Austria on only 4 hectares. In 2010 a total of 2,052 hectares of vineyards were shown (Kym Anderson ).
Source: Wine Grapes / J. Robinson, J. Harding, J. Vouillamoz / Penguin Books Ltd. 2012