Criolla Grande

Criolla Grande: Criolla Grande is an Argentine grape variety, often used to make dry white and rosé wines. With its unique flavour profile and ability to thrive in a variety of climates, Criolla Grande is enjoying a revival in popularity.

Colour, Aromas and Taste Profile

Criolla Grande typically produces light-bodied wines with a light yellow-pink hue. Aromatically the wines are often floral, displaying notes of jasmine, honeysuckle and orange blossom. On the palate, the varieties' wines typically feature a refreshing acidity, and flavours of citrus fruit, white peach, and green herbs.

Fresh Criolla Grande grapes on the vine

Regional Features & Food Pairings

Criolla Grande is most commonly found in Argentina, where it is grown in the provinces of Mendoza, San Juan, La Rioja and Catamarca. Criolla Grande is a vigorous variety, and is well suited to different soils and climates. The variety is mid to late ripening with big, loose bunches of big berries. In Mendoza, Criolla Grande is used to produce dry white and rosé wines. In San Juan, the variety is often blended with Torrontés Riojano to make a unique, fruity rosé. While in La Rioja, the variety is blended with Torrontés Riojano, or Macabeo, to create dry white wines with a distinctively herbal character. Due to its light body and refreshing acidity, Criolla Grande is a great food wine that pairs well with salads, fish, seafood, poultry and mild cheese dishes.

Foods to pair with Criolla Grande:

Light meat
Fun Fact about Criolla Grande
Criolla Grande is believed to be a natural mutation of the Muscat of Alexandria variety.

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Vallisto Extremo Criolla


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Vallisto Extremo Criolla is a unique and exciting wine produced by Vallisto Wines, a renowned winery in Argentina. This wine is made from the Criolla grape variety, which is native to Argentina and is grown in the high-altitude vineyards of the Tulum Valley appellation. The vineyards are located at an altitude of over 1,000 meters above sea level, which gives the wine its distinctive character and flavor profile. The winemaking process involves minimal intervention, allowing the natural flavors and aromas of the grapes to shine through. The resulting wine is a light-bodied, refreshing red with notes of red fruit and a subtle spiciness. Vallisto Extremo Criolla is a must-try for wine lovers looking for something new and exciting.
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