Country: Argentina  Region: Mendoza  Grape: Organic Torrontés Riojano

Argentina has a long wine history, dating back to 1557 when the first vines were planted in Santiago del Estero. In the 1800’s, immigrants from Italy, Spain and France brought their vines and centuries of winemaking knowledge there.

Mendoza, one of the driest places on earth, produces 70% of Argentine wine. Argentina is the fifth largest wine producer in the world. Snow melting from the Andes mountains is a natural irrigator. This, coupled with a multitude of things needed to make good wine (soil, altitude, day/night temps, sunlight, gentle winds, mineral-rich water, etc.), are all found there.

Caligiore Wines, a family business founded in 2001, is devoted exclusively to the production of ecological grapes and production of premium wines at their small scale state-of-the-art facility. All their wines are certified under international standards of IFOAM and USDA NOP, including their 100% organically grown Torrontés Riojano, from 40 year old vines. Torrontes is the most distinctive of all Argentine wine grapes, considered a wholly Argentine variety.

Clean and bright, this wine is light yellow with green tinges. Floral notes of citrus oil greet the nose when enjoying this medium-bodied, refreshing nectar that is highlighted with a touch of carbon dioxide freshness. Enjoy it now, chilled, with pasta in cream sauce, light salads, Chinese cuisine, seafood or soft cheeses.

Quatro Vacas Gordas Torrontes Riojan:

TORRONTES (RIOJANO) — This grape is a distinctively flavored indigenous variety in Galicia in the Northwest of Spain, and for several white grape varieties known collectively as “Torrontes” in Argentina. However, no definite relationship has been established between Spanish and Argentinian Torrontes. The most distinctive of all Argentine grapes, it is considered a wholly Argentine variety. It seems particularly well adapted to the arid growing regions of Argentina. There are three kinds of Argentinean Torrontés. Torrontés Riojano is more extensively grown and expresses the best qualities for the elaboration of fruitiness.

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