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Between the Diaguits and the Jesuits

I present a Torrontés Riojano perfect to have as a refreshing snack before a meal or accompany the delicate flavors of fish and seafood.


Speaking of “Creole grape” we are referring to the mission grape. A variety of Vitis vinifera introduced from  Spain  by Catholic missionaries in the New World. It was used to make mass wine, table and fortified wine.

Recently it was discovered that this grape was the listán prieto. The mission grape is related to the Argentine pink grape called Creolla and is one of the mother strains of Torrontés. The other is the Muscat of Alexandria.

Torrontés is produced only in  Argentina  and has an unparalleled flavor. It is located throughout all regions of the country and is being affirmed as the signature of Argentine white wine.

In our country there are 3 types of Torrontés: Mendoza and Sanjuanino that have more skills for fresh consumption and Riojano, which is the most cultivated and which expresses the best qualities for the elaboration of fine, very fruity and at the same time dry wines. The latter has been awarded several international awards.

Located in the province of La Rioja, Valle de Famatina offers magnificent views and very well drained floors. He owns a special microclimate, with hot and dry summer days, with cool nights that combine with pure air and desert topography of the valley to ensure unparalleled conditions for the growth and ripening of grapes.

Rain is scarce at only 100 to 200 mm per year, which is why irrigation water is extracted from wells up to 200 m deep.

Surrounded by the Velasco and Famatina mountains that emerge from the impressive Andes mountain range, is the Valle de la Puerta Winery.

Its vineyards are found in lands inhabited by the Diaguitas,  villages native  to La Rioja, Argentina, hundreds of years ago. And to honor that Diaguita culture and its heritage, the winery has adopted some of its symbols to represent its wines.

The cougar they use on their logo and the labels of La Puerta represents the supreme earthly being by their wisdom, strength and intelligence. And they are the attributes that his winemaker Javier Collovati uses to carry out his creations.

Among them stands out a torrontés of greenish-yellow color with intense aromas reminiscent of flowers such as roses, jasmine and geraniums. With a citrus touch very characteristic of the variety. While its aromas anticipate a sweet wine, its flavor reveals a fresh  acidity . The flavors of pure fruit salad appear on the palate, with hints of oregano and honey. It is elegant and of great persistence in the end.

It is the perfect wine to have as a refreshing snack before a meal or to accompany the delicate flavors of  fish  and seafood. It also pares nicely with aromatic and spicy dishes from India, China and Thailand. And, of course, he does very well with regional meals.

The Diaguitas formed an Aboriginal people of high cultural level, with notable farmers, who faced two empires: the Inca and the Spanish. And this cultural heritage marks the development of the grapes grown in  La Rioja  and that constitute the spirit of La Puerta.

Publication Date: 16/11/2019

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