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Torrontés(Torontel)

Although native to Spain, the Torrontés grape is better known for its white wines from Argentina, where it produces a crisply fragrant wine with a light body; simultaneously fruity, floral and dry. Torrontés are an excellent alternative to the classic Chardonnay, and at great prices (Torrontés seldom cost more than $15 U.S. per bottle), the three main varieties, Torrontés Riojano, Torrontés Sanjanino and Torrontés Mendocino are some of Argentina’s best white wines.

Although Argentina claims Torrontés as their white wine grape, Chile also produces Torrontés grapes for their signature Pisco, a sweet and woody liquor mainly consumed in Chile and Peru.