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Torrontés is the main white grape of Argentina. Spain also grows a Torrontés grape which may or may not be related to the Argentinian variety. There are three subvarieties of Torrontés: Torrontés Riojano, Torrontés Sanjuanino, and Torrontés Mendocino. Full of peach and apricot flavors, light and smooth Torrontés wines are enjoyable.

Torrontés requires very dry climates, and as a result Argentina is the primary grower of this family of grapes. High-altitude plantings have led to quality wines from a select few estates. Chile also grows the grape, but climate differences encourage most winemakers to channel those grapes into the production of Pisco, the Chilean brandy.