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Torrontés Sanjuanino

The white grape variety originates from South America(Argentina) and belongs to the group of the so-called Criollas (see there the history in detail). Synonyms are Moscatel de Austria, Moscatel Romano, Moscatel Sanjuanino, Moschato Austrias, Torrontél Sanjuanino and Torrontés. Despite seemingly suggestive synonyms or morphological similarities, it should not be confused with the varieties Moscatel Amarillo, Torrontés Mendocino or Torrontés Riojano, which originated from the same parents. According to DNA analyses carried out in 2017, it is a presumably natural cross between Criolla Chica (Listán Prieto) x Muscat d'Alexandrie. The medium-ripening vine is susceptible to botrytis. It produces white wines with a discreet muscat tone. The variety is mainly cultivated in the San Juan region, which gives it its name, but also in La Rioja and Mendoza. The Argentinean cultivation area totals 1,885 hectares. In Chile, it is cultivated as Moscatel de Austria on 1,771 hectares. In 2016, a total of 3,656 hectares of vineyards were designated. It is thus ranked 134th in the world grape variety ranking (Kym Anderson statistics).

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