Argentinian Altitude Euphoria
No way, new world: the white Torrontes grape was mentioned in writing in Argentina as early as 1867. With its flowery bouquet, its aromas of fresh grapes and citrus fruits and its subtly bitter finale, it has blossomed into the flagship white variety of the Andean country. It wants to be high up, thriving best in the north of the country in the province of Salta, 1,500-2,400 metres above sea level. By comparison, the highest vineyard in Switzerland is a heathland parcel in Visperterminen, Valais, climbing up to 1,150 metres in elevation. A tip for pairing with Torrontés: these highly aromatic wines agree excellently with spicy dishes like Thai curry, especially when seafood is in the mix.