When Pope Francis will canonize “Gaucho Priest” Jose Gabriel del Rosario Brochero Sunday it will mark the first time Argentine wine will be used at a Mass in the Vatican.
Usually the wine used is from Italy or, at most, other European countries. But the first Argentine priest calls for a nice Torrontés apparently.
The wine that made the cut? A Torrontés (a white wine that is usually on the sweeter side) dubbed “Todos” (Everyone) will be used. It’s a special variety that includes grapes from all of the country’s wine-producing provinces — Salta, Catamarca, La Rioja, San Juan, Mendoza and Río Negro. A total of 450 liters of the special wine has been shipped to the Vatican for the special Mass.
The wine was made in Argentina’s wine capital, Mendoza with the best grapes coming from small producers in the surrounding provinces of Salta, Catamarca, La Rioja, San Juan and Río Negro alongside Mendoza.
“Todos” was made according to strict religious guidelines so it could be certified by the archbishop of Mendoza as “wine fit for Mass.” It was also presented and blessed last last August in the Buenos Aires Cathedral.