8 wine grape varieties you've probably never heard of
Surprise your next dinner guests with these delicious, relatively unknown varieties.
Torrontés, the pride of Argentina
Produced only in Argentina, the Torrontés grape is a white grape with deep aromas of roses and jasmine.
The vine thrives in Argentina's renowned high-altitude vineyards, some exceeding as much as 10,000 feet in elevation, with a dry, desert-like climate that favors robust production. There are actually three varieties in production, Torrontes Sanjuanino, Torrontes Mendocino and Torrontes Riojano, with each offering a different take on the vine.
Tasting notes include lemon, peach, rose petal and geranium. If you like Riesling and Moscato, chances are you'll appreciate Torrontés. Pair it with curried chicken with sweet potatoes and apples or fish in tomato and cilantro sauce.