2016 Torrontés

Lodi, CA

  • Producer

    Markus Wine Co.

  • What we love

    Swiss-born winemaker Markus Niggli is passionate about creating blends using rare grapes. His wines are unlike other blends you’ll find in California. The 2016 Torrontés is exotically spiced and tropical, displaying notes of gardenia, shaved coconut, banana and pineapple. Mineral complexity adds a drying, chalky texture. Markus has a truly magic touch as a winemaker.

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About this Wine

This explosive white wine is intoxicating, with aromas reminiscent of a Brazilian fruit stand and Hawaiian leis. Flavors shift around over the course of an evening, making for a totally intriguing and amazing experience.

A terrific warm weather wine that can pair with so many options. It’s great with fatty fish and creamy sauces, and perfect with tangy dishes, like sweet-and-sour pork, glazed ribs, Costco hot dogs with sauerkraut, and salads drizzled with vinaigrette. Cheers!

Drink now through 2023.

92 points, Wine Enthusiast, Editors’ Choice.

  • Technical Data
  • Blend: 95% Torrontés, 5% Traminette
  • Alcohol: 12.5% | pH: 3.47 | Residual Sugar: 0.65 g/L
  • Production: 80 cases
  • Winemaking: Fermented with native yeasts, then aged for three months in stainless steel.

Markus Niggli

Owner + Winemaker


Markus Niggli, founder of Markus Wine Co. in Lodi, California, is an exceptionally talented and savvy winemaker who started making his own small-production line of edgy, artisanal white wines in 2010.

I was captivated by Markus’ fascinating array of contemporary style wines from the moment I tasted them. Markus' wines take Lodi to another level.

When Markus launched his wines, he definitely took the road less traveled in Lodi. It wasn’t the region’s familiar Chardonnay that Markus reached for to make his avant-garde white wines. No, this Swiss winemaker returned to his roots for inspiration and opted for more obscure German varieties. He took, as he put it, “a calculated risk.” It has certainly paid off.

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