The white grape variety comes from South America(Argentina) and belongs to the group of the so-called Criollas (see the history in detail there). Synonyms are Moscatel de Austria, Moscatel Romano, Moscatel Sanjuanino, Moschato Austrias, Torrontél Sanjuanino and Torrontés. Despite apparently indicative synonyms or morphological similarities, it must not be confused with the varieties Moscatel Amarillo, Torrontés Mendocino or Torrontés Riojano, which are derived from the same parents. According to the most recent DNA analyses carried out in 2006, it is a cross between Criolla Chica(Listán Prieto) x Muscat d'Alexandrie. The medium ripening vine is susceptible to botrytis. It produces white wines with a subtle muscat. The variety is mainly cultivated in the region of San Juan, but also in La Rioja and Mendoza. The Argentinean cultivation area totals 2,048 hectares. In Chile it is cultivated as Moscatel de Austria on only 4 hectares. In 2010, a total of 2,052 hectares of vineyards were designated (Kym Anderson).
Source: Wine Grapes / J. Robinson, J. Harding, J. Vouillamoz / Penguin Books Ltd. 2012