An intriguing white wine varietal of considerable character that can be found on the plains of Galicia, in northwest Spain. Spainish Torrontés can be light and fragrant, with aromatics that are similar in style and weight to Muscat and Gewürtztraminer, yet the grape has a high natural acidity which is a commodity in the long Spanish growing season. Yellow apples, lychee, white and purple flowers, spices, and tropical fruits are all common flavor desciptors of Torrontés. In addition to Spain Torrontés has found a home in Argentina and Chile, where it is thought to have emigrated with Basque settlers from Spain.
The home of Torrontés is in the region of Ribeiro, in northern Spain just to the east of Portugal, where it is often blended with Treixadura and sometimes Albariño. The true fame for the Torrontés may lay in Argentina where fine examples are coming from the western regions near the Andes mountains. Often times the grape takes on a sur name of the region, such as Torrontés Riojano and Torrontés Sanjuanino. Much of the white grape competition in these areas cannot reach the same levels of quality as the Torrontés. It is also found in small amounts in Chile under the synonym of Muscatel de Austria.